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Tunisia bans Friday demos fearing violence over cartoons

Published on Sep 21, 2012 7:31 AM
 
Relatives of protesters, who were arrested during Friday's invasion of the US embassy, wait for their arrival, near at a court in Tunis, on Sept 20, 2012. Tunisia said it was banning all demonstrations on Friday after receiving a tip-off about preparations for violence over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammed published by a French satirical weekly. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TUNIS (AFP) - Tunisia said it was banning all demonstrations on Friday after receiving a tip-off about preparations for violence over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammed published by a French satirical weekly.

"The interior ministry, using its powers under the state of emergency and in order to maintain public order, announces that it is outlawing any form of demonstration anywhere in Tunisian territory on Friday," a ministry statement said on Thursday.

"The ministry notes that it has received information suggesting the protests would be exploited for the purpose of committing acts of violence and causing unrest."

Calls for Friday protests were circulating on social networks following the publication by French weekly Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday of cartoons featuring obscene images of the prophet.

 
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