Tunis ? Political tensions are mounting in Tunisia, with the opposition adopting terms like ?state party? and ?theocracy? to attack the ruling Islamists, whose supporters have denounced their critics as remnants of the Ben Ali era.

Yadh Ben Achour, a respected lawyer who led a group of people in 2011 seeking to promote the objectives of the revolution, did not mince his words in an interview with daily La Presse at the end of August.

?We risk finding ourselves before long, in a dictatorship worse than that of [ousted president Zine El Abidine] Ben Ali, a theocratic dictatorship. We risk losing one of the revolution?s greatest achievements, freedom of expression,? he said.

One dispute feeding the growing political crisis is the government?s controversial appointment of new directors to head state media firms, prompting their staff and opposition activists to accuse the ruling Ennahda party of interfering with the media.

Another is the trial of two artists who risk five years in jail for disturbing public order and attacking morals, after posting caricatures of the Prophet Muhammed on Facebook, while Salafists behind numerous acts of violence go unpunished.

Source : SAPA


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