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Salafists fail to stop Harlem Shake in Tunisia

Published on Feb 28, 2013 6:14 AM

TUNIS (AFP) - Salafist Muslims in socially divided Tunisia tried to prevent the filming of current Internet craze the Harlem Shake at a school on Wednesday, but were driven off after coming to blows with students.

At another school, south of the capital, the principal banned a performance there, and angry students reacted by hurling stones at police, who responded with tear gas.

When a dozen or so ultra-conservative Muslim youths, some of them women in veils, showed up at the Bourguiba Language Institute in the El Khadra neighbourhood of Tunis, a Salafist bastion, students shouted "Get out, get out!"

One of the Salafists shouted "Our brothers in Palestine are being killed by Israelis, and you are dancing," adding that he wanted to explain the difference in Islam between behaviour that is "haram" (prohibited) and "halal" (permitted).

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