Anti-government protests have resumed in the Tunisian capital of Tunis, but this time with a new twist: the emergence of a strong Islamist movement, Tahrir. During the last protest on Friday, April 1, in an unprecedented move, the radicals even organized a mass prayer in the street.
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OBSERVERS.france24 – As the power vacuum caused by the Tunisian revolution drags on, some Islamist groups have moved quickly to call for the creation of a religious state. The Islamic extremist group, Tahrir, which was founded in the 1980s and was violently repressed by Ben Alis government, is at the forefront of this movement. It is calling for a return to a caliph-run Islamic state, and considers democracy as a dangerous illusion kept up by the global capitalist system. The groups members demand that their movement be legalised by the transitional government, as was the case on March 1 for Ennahdha, another, more moderate, Islamist group.