Tunisia Actors May Face 'Indecency' Charges
[An Nahar] Tunisia's public prosecutor is due to question 19 actors who were attacked by radical Salafist Moslems for alleged "indecent" behavior, their lawyer told Agence La Belle France Presse on Sunday.
The actors are to appear on Monday before the public prosecutor who is expected to charge them with "indecent acts", Ghazi Mrabet said, although the exact nature of what they are accused of remains unclear.
A support group denounced an attack on artistic freedoms and said the actors were performing a show on Saturday night in the western town of Kef, to help raise funds for a local theater damaged in an arson attack.
A group of 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...
attacked them and when police intervened they tossed in the calaboose
Please don't kill me!
the actors while letting the radical Islamist snuffies go, the lawyer added.
"The Salafists carry out attacks but actors are locked away
You have the right to remain silent...
," said an angry actress Leila Toubel who heads the support group for the 19.
Police said the performance was also a tribute to anti-Islamist MP Chokri Belaid, who was assassinated in February by suspected Salafists.
Toubel accused the Salafists who attacked the actors of staunchly opposing "art and beauty".
"That is why they attack us," she said.
Posted by: Fred 2013-07-08