Tunisian protesters protest against Islamist government
Sunday, August 25, 2013 - 01:03
Aug. 25 - Tunisian opposition calls thousands onto the streets for a week-long demonstration against the ruling Ennahda party. Lindsey Parietti reports.
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Tunisians take to the streets calling on their government to step down.
Thousands demonstrated in Tunis Saturday against the ruling Ennahda party brought to power through elections following the country's 2011 uprising.
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) DEMONSTRATOR SAYING:
"Personally, I feel I have lost my freedom as a woman compared to before. In the name of Islam, women have to be veiled, have less rights and some things became forbidden."
Opposition protesters are angry over the assassinations of two secular politicians and increasing attacks by radical Salafi Muslims.
The government has cracked down this year on suspected militants and is taking steps toward crisis negotiations with the secular opposition.
But the political stand-off has prompted Tunisia to halt the drafting of a new constitution.
Inspired by a campaign that helped bring down Egypt's Islamist-led government last month, opposition organisers are calling for a week of rallies against the ruling party.
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