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Tunisia: Birthplace of the Arab Spring fears Islamist insurgence
Date 29/05/2011 23:14  Author webmaster  Hits 1159  Language Global
29 MAY 2011

The uprisings that swept North Africa and the Middle East began in Tunisia. But, as Andrew Gilligan finds out, the country is still searching for its happy ending.

By Andrew Gilligan | The Telegraph

At the Cannes Film Festival this month, Nouri Bouzid, the celebrated director and opponent of Islamist extremism, received the Legion d'Honneur, the highest award France can bestow.

A few weeks before that, in his native Tunisia, came a rather different form of recognition: he was stabbed in the head.

"The attack might have been triggered by an angry reaction to my pro-secular stands and rejection of [extremist Islamic] culture," said Bouzid, who appeared on Tunisian television at the time with a large bloodied gash above his left ear.

"This could be the start of [their] campaign against signs of creativity in our country that don't agree with their ideas."

Bouzid is careful not to blame any group or party for the attack.

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