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Tunisian Police Shut Down Dissent

Expand Tunisian and rainbow flags were raised at a march against terrorism during the World Social Forum in Tunis, March 2015.  © 2015 Mawjoudin Association When Tunisian police shut down a planned demonstration on January 27, they claimed they did it for the protesters’ safety. “We had information that they were going to be targeted,” said an interior ministry spokesperson, according to news reports. The rallying call of Saturday’s protest, organized by the secular group Association des Libres Penseurs (Association of Free Thinkers), or ALP, was “Sayebni” –“let me be” in Arabic. Organizers…

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