Tunisia arrests an official for triggering Islamists’ emotions against blasphemous art exhibition
22 Jun 2012 08:31 GMT
 
Tunis: A court official has been arrested by the Tunisian authorities who strictly condemned an art exhibition last week as, according to him, it was offensive to Islam, and his stance triggered a wave of riots by hardline Islamists in different parts of Tunisia. By Farhan Iqbal

Tunis: A court official has been arrested by the Tunisian authorities who strictly condemned an art exhibition last week as, according to him, it was offensive to Islam, and his stance triggered a wave of riots by hardline Islamists in different parts of Tunisia.

According to the official news agency, TAP, Tunisian authorities have detained Mohamed Ali Bouaziz because his comments erupted anger of the hardline Islamists in the country and brought them on roads for staging riots against an art-exhibition due to its alleged insulting-Islamic nature.

While quoting an official of Justice Ministry, the news agency informed that Mohamed Ali Bouaziz was arrested late Tuesday on charges of disrupting public order.

TAP quoted Justice Ministry official saying, “He is accused of posting pictures of the paintings on Facebook and breaching professional secrecy by declaring them an insult to Islam, triggering acts of vandalism and violence in several parts of the country.”

There are reports that Bouaziz visited an art gallery in northern Tunis where independent artists had organized an exhibition entitled “The Spring of Arts” on June 10. He was allegedly sent by a conservative religious organization to the exhibition.

He was sent with a mission to find out any blasphemous material in the exhibition and he did the same by publicly revealing a painting of a naked woman with bearded men standing behind her and a piece spelling the world “Allah” with a file of ants.

After his confirmation, suspected Salafists, who follow an ultra-conservative brand of Islam, stormed into the gallery on the very same day and destroyed some of the art works.

Violent attacks did not stop here but they paved a way for the bloody riots across the country in next coming days in which one man lost his life and 100 others got wounded.

The Tunisian authorities have held Bouaziz responsible for all these bloody riots in different parts of Tunisia and leveled serious charges against him.

According to the Tunisian authorities, he will be tried in court for triggering sensitive emotions of hardline Islamists that turned into bloody riots across the country and left Tunisia in a state of unrest.

Tunisian citizens have mixed emotions for Bouaziz as some are in favor of his raising voice against the blasphemous content against Islam whereas some believe that it was unnecessary to highlight the blasphemous material and Bouaziz should not have pointed it out publicly such a sensitive matter.



-- Al Arabiya Digital


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