According to a video report by Metula News Agency carried by the weblog Harissa, Islamist supporters were clearly heard to shout 'Slaughter the Jews!' and 'the Army of the Messiah is on the move!'But opinion is clearly polarised in Tunisia. The video shows a Tunisian lawyer explaining that the event was interrupted by the authorities, fearing a confrontation between the Islamists inside the hall and 500 to 700 people outside.
A strong constituency remains in Tunisia for intellectual freedom and secular democracy. Some six thousand demonstrators turned out to protest religious extremism at the end of last month, according to this report on Tunisia Live.