Is­lamist, leftists stu­dents clash at univer­sity

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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.

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