Islamist, leftists students clash at university
TUNIS | Islamist and leftist students fought running battles at a Tunisian university Wednesday in the latest incident involving rising religious tensions in the North African country.
Competing demonstrations in the morning by hundreds of Islamist students, known as Salamis, and leftist members of the national students union erupted into violence when the Islamists tore down the national flag flying at the university entrance.
The Salafi students replaced the Tunisian flag with their own black standard bearing the Muslim profession of faith.
The state news agency reported that five students were injured in the clashes, and three were hospitalized.
Salafi students have been demonstrating at Manouba University near the capital against a policy banning female students from wearing the face veil during classes or exams. They are also demanding a prayer space on campus.