Mobile  |  About us  |  Photos  |  Videos  |  Subscriptions  |  RSS Feeds  |  Today's Paper  |  Classifieds  |  Contact Us
The Daily Star
FRIDAY, 18 APR 2014
04:12 PM Beirut time
Weather    
Beirut
22 °C
Blom Index
BLOM
1,214.01down
Middle East
Follow this story Print RSS Feed ePaper share this
Tunis mega 'Harlem Shake' all but rained out
Agence France Presse
Students from Tunis Carthage Private University participate in a flash mob dance based on a new dance craze, the "Harlem Shake", outside the university in Tunis February 27, 2013. REUTERS/Anis Mili
Students from Tunis Carthage Private University participate in a flash mob dance based on a new dance craze, the "Harlem Shake", outside the university in Tunis February 27, 2013. REUTERS/Anis Mili
A+ A-

TUNIS: Ten thousand people promised to show up in front of Tunisia's education ministry on Friday to perform a protest version of the "Harlem Shake" dance craze, but only a few dozen braved the rain to do so.

Performances over the past week have infuriated ultra-conservative Muslims with their smoking, wild dancing and simulation of sexual acts, and led to punch-ups with them and clashes with police.

On Monday, Education Minister Abdellatif Abid said a probe had been ordered into the weekend staging of a "Harlem Shake" by students in a Tunis suburb, and the Facebook organised mega-shake was meant to be in protest.

"We are here to make the minister of education understand that he cannot stop us from dancing," said Randa, a 28-year-old organiser of the hapless event. "This policy of suppressing rebellious spirits is no longer acceptable."

A number of ministry employees went outside to watch the event, which was done without its characteristic electro-dance music accompaniment.

"Freedom, freedom," the youths shouted before singing the national anthem and then dispersing.

More and more people around the world are emulating the dance craze, which was sparked by a group of Australian teenagers who uploaded a 31-second clip "The Harlem Shake v1 (TSCS original)" onto YouTube in early February.

It has become this week a symbol of the cultural battle raging between secularists and Islamists for the soul of a nation widely viewed as the Arab world's most progressive.

Three times this week, Islamist militants have attacked students in the capital and in Sidi Bouzid, the cradle of Tunisia's revolution two years ago, denouncing the performances as indecent.

 
Home Middle East
 
     
 
Tunisia
Advertisement
Comments  

Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

comments powered by Disqus
Advertisement


Baabda 2014
Advertisement
Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Linked In Follow us on Google+ Subscribe to our Live Feed
Multimedia
Images  
Pictures of the day
A selection of images from around the world- Friday April 18, 2014
View all view all
Advertisement
Rami G. Khouri
Rami G. Khouri
Silencing Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s hate talk
Michael Young
Michael Young
Why confuse gibberish with knowledge?
David Ignatius
David Ignatius
Putin will keep rolling, until Obama says no
View all view all
Advertisement
cartoon
 
Click to View Articles
 
 
News
Business
Opinion
Sports
Culture
Technology
Entertainment
Privacy Policy | Anti-Spamming Policy | Disclaimer | Copyright Notice
© 2014 The Daily Star - All Rights Reserved - Designed and Developed By IDS