En jente ble nektet adgang til en tunisisk skole fordi hun bar hijab. Avslaget fikk salafister til å gå amok. De knuste bilvinduer og slo rektor så han måtte på sykehus.

Salafists in militants in Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia, went on a violent rampage on a local school yesterday upon learning that a veiled young woman was prevented from attending class by the school’s secular administrators.

Tensions in Tunisia between staunch secularists and hardline Islamists have run high since the ousting of former dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January 2011. According to the London-based pan-Arab daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi, shortly after the veiled girl was sent home, hundreds of Salafists smashed cars in the school’s parking lot and tried to kill the principal by beating him with sticks and stones. The principal, seriously injured in the attack, was hospitalized.

In total, seven people were wounded. The incident comes just weeks after a university professor in Tunis was accused of slapping a veiled woman who insisted on her right to enter his classroom.

Islamists charge that the highly secular Ministry of Education is stripping them of their right to an education and that they will bring their fight to all of Tunisia.