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Conservative Islamists riots after Art exhibit in Tunisia

News Sousse, Tunisia - 12 June 2012

The Tunisian government has imposed a curfew from 9pm in eight areas of the country, including the capital, after rioting blamed on ultra-conservative Salafi Muslims left dozens of police officers injured.

Four artworks were defaced on June 12, 2012 at the controversial exhibition at the "Printemps des Arts" festival in the upmarket, La Marsa suburb, which opened this month and featured work that highlighted sensitive issues, including Islamist influence in Tunisia and the role of women in society.

It was the latest incident in a series of confrontations between hardline Salafis and more secular state and civil institutions, including universities, which have flared over the past year in Tunisia.

To read more, go to www.aljazeera.com

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