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Tunisian feminist who
scandalised her coun-
try by posting topless
photos of herself online
has been arrested after
allegedly sneaking into
Tunisia s holiest city
disguised in a veil, then
trying to get undressed
during a protest.
On Sunday, Amina
member of the Ukrain-
ian feminist group
FEMEN, which uses
nudity in its protests---
passed through heavy
security and check-
points to enter the city
of Kairouan, where police were preventing hardline
conservative Islamists from holding an annual con-
There she unveiled her bleach blonde hair and cutoff
jeans, scrawled "FEMEN" on the wall of a cemetery
near the city s main mosque, and attempted to take
off her clothes, her lawyer Radhia Nasraoui quoted
police as saying.
"It is an act of provocation and it is against the
morals and traditions of Tunisian society, which is a
Muslim society," Interior Ministry spokesman
Mohammed Ali Aroui told journalists, without elab-
orating on what those acts were.
Her mother, Wafa, told The Associated Press her
daughter needed help and was being treated by a psy-
"She suffers from psychological problems," she said
on the phone, tearfully. "I am very worried for my
daughter. I m afraid she will be condemned by the
Tunisia is the birthplace of the pro-democracy
uprisings known as the Arab Spring. Its transition to
democracy and how it deals with the questions of
Islam, politics and social movements such as feminism
are being closely watched around the region.
Ansar al-Shariah, a group whose members have
been implicated in violent attacks on art galleries and
cinemas, as well as the US embassy, had announced
it would hold their annual conference in Kairouan but
refused to apply for permission.
youths have set fire to cars and
attacked police and rescue services
in poor immigrant suburbs in
three nights of rioting in Stock-
holm, Sweden s worst disorder in
On Tuesday night, a police sta-
tion in the Jakobsberg area in the
northwest of the city was attacked,
two schools were damaged and an
arts and crafts centre was set
ablaze, despite a call for calm from
Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt.
The riots in one of Europe s rich-
est capitals have shocked a country
that prides itself on a reputation
for social justice, and fuelled a
debate about how Sweden is coping
with both youth unemployment
and an influx of immigrants.
"We ve had around 30 cars set
on fire last night, fires that we con-
nect to youth gangs and criminals,"
Kjell Lindgren, spokesman for
Stockholm police, said yesterday.
He said eight people had been
arrested on Tuesday night, but
there were no reports of injuries.
The riots appear to have been
"sparked by the police killing of a
69-year-old man wielding a
machete in the suburb of Husby
this month, which prompted accu-
sations of police brutality.
"Everyone must pitch in to
restore calm---parents, adults,"
Reinfeldt told reporters on Tues-
After decades of practicing the
"Swedish model" of generous wel-
fare benefits, Sweden has been
reducing the role of the state since
the 1990s, spurring the fastest
growth in inequality of any
advanced OECD economy.
While average living standards
are still among the highest in
Europe, governments have failed
to substantially reduce long-term
youth unemployment and poverty,
which have affected immigrant
The left-leaning tabloid Afton-
bladet said the riots represented a
"gigantic failure" of government
policies, which had underpinned
the rise of ghettos in the suburbs.
We have failed to give many of
the people in the suburbs a hope
for the future," Anna-Margrethe
Livh of the opposition Left Party
wrote in the daily Svenska Dag-
An anti-immigrant party, the
Sweden Democrats, has risen to
third in polls ahead of a general
election due next year, reflecting
unease about immigrants among
Some 15 per cent of the popu-
lation is foreign-born, the highest
proportion in the Nordic region.
Unemployment among those born
outside Sweden stands at 16 per
cent, compared with 6 per cent for
native Swedes, according to OECD
Among 44 industrialised coun-
tries, Sweden ranked fourth in the
absolute number of asylum seekers,
and second relative to its popula-
tion, according to UN figures.
Sweden's capital hit by worst riots in years
A burning car set on fire in the Stockholm suburb of Kista after youths rioted in
several different suburbs around Stockholm for a third consecutive night, late
Tuesday. AP PHOTO
Tunisian feminist arrested
for alleged provocation
This recent image from
video provided by CAPA
and Canal+ television on
Monday shows Tunisian
Femen activist Amina Tyler.
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