Articles & Notes — October 12, 2011 at 10:37 am

Persepolis: 300 Islamists in Tunisia attack TV-station over animated film

If you read an article about Iranian actress, who got punished by her government for making a controversial movie, then more of the same is here – Islamist protesters attacked a TV-station in Tunis, over an animated film, called “Persepolis”.

The attackers tried to set the TV station on fire, because it was broadcasting Marjane Satrapi’s Oscar-nominated story about a girl growing up during the Iranian revolution.

Aggressive protesters have reportedly been arrested by police, after they tried to set the tv-station on fire.

The story (based on writer and co-director Marjane Satrapi’s autobiographical graphic novel) follows a young girl as she comes of age against the backdrop of the Iranian revolution.

Okay, so why the attack on the tv-station? Protesters claim, that the film denigrated Islam and were particularly outraged by a scene in which God appears before Satrapi to teach her about forgiveness.

Police reportedly arrested around 50 Islamists before they could reach the offices of the Nessma private television channel, which broadcast “Persepolis”. As the workers of the tv-station said, about 300 people attacked the offices of the station, trying to set fires there.

Conservative Muslims have become increasingly vocal in Tunisia since the fall of long-time president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali following an uprising in January.

Elsewhere in the capital city of Tunis, hundreds of riot police used tear gas against Islamist protesters demanding the lifting of a ban on women wearing the niqab (hijab) at university.

They gathered outside the city’s main university campus before heading to a neighborhood named Jebel el-Ahmar, north of the city center, where clashes broke out. Protesters attacked police with stones, knives and batons.

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