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Hardline Islamists interrupt Tunisian university
Associated Press
2011-11-29 02:34 AM
Tunisia's Ministry of Higher Education says some 50 ultraconservative Muslims have disrupted exams at a university with calls for greater religiosity.

The ministry said bearded students wearing Afghan style tribal clothing camped out Monday in front of the English and French departments at Manouba University near Tunis, blocking student access.

It said the students also called for gender segregated classrooms and instruction, and a lifting of a ban on the enrollment of women wearing conservative face veils.

Tunisia was one of the most Westernized Arab countries under a half century long secular dictatorship, which fell in Jan. 14 in a popular uprising.

Since then, there has been a rise in ultraconservative Muslim groups. A moderate Islamist party won recent elections, but has condemned such actions.

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