Salafist Imam 'Declares War' on Tunisia Ruling Party
[An Nahar] A Salafist imam has declared war on Tunisia's Islamist ruling party during a television talk show, with the interior minister countering that such talk was responsible for blood being shed.

"I am going to make war on these people because the interior minister and the leaders of Ennahda have chosen the United States as their god -- it is the Americans who are writing the laws and the new constitution," Nasreddine Aloui said in a Thursday night appearance by video link on Ettounsiya television.

He urged the country's youth to prepare their burial shrouds to fight against Ennahda, brandishing a white cloth himself, saying Ennahda and other parties want elections held on the "ruins and the bodies of the Salafist movement."

Aloui is the new imam of the Ennour mosque in the Tunis suburb of Manouba. His predecessor died on Thursday of wounds sustained when he took part in a Salafist attack on two police posts earlier this week.

Interior Minister Ali Larayedh and Human Rights Minister Samir Dilou, both members of Ennahda, were on the program and replied sharply.

"This sort of talk is partly responsible for the bloodshed. You do not realize that your words are like bullets," Larayedh said.

Dilou said: "You are not worthy to be a holy man. This talk is an incitement to hatred."

Aloui's predecessor, Khaled Karaoui, died on Thursday, after being maimed when he and other faceless myrmidons attacked two national guard posts in Manouba following the arrest of a Salafist suspected of assaulting the head of the area's public security brigade.

During the festivities, one of the attackers was killed and two coppers maimed.

Since the Tunisian revolution that ousted veteran president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January 2011, radical Islamists have carried out a number of attacks, including against security forces and on cultural events.

The opposition accuses the government of failing to rein in violence by Salafists
...Salafists are ostentatiously devout Moslems who figure the ostentation of their piety gives them the right to tell others how to do it and to kill those who don't listen to them...
, a hardline branch of Sunni Islam.

Posted by: Fred 2012-11-03