[WSF-Discuss] Attack in Tunis - WSF news?

gustave massiah massiah at wanadoo.fr
Wed Mar 18 12:33:17 CDT 2015

the tunisian organizing committee confirm the WSF, more than ever
we will have a comuniqué soon
many delegations confirm also that they will be there
all the best
gustave massiah

Le 18/03/2015 16:48, Patrick Bond a écrit :
> Do comrades have any information on this sickening incident - 
> especially in terms of potential impact on the WSF?
> Thanks,
> Patrick
> ***
>   Tunis museum attack: 19 people killed after hostage drama at tourist
>   site
> Tunisian PM says 17 of those killed in ‘cowardly attack’ were 
> foreigners after two gunmen reportedly stormed Bardo museum and kept 
> hostages for three hours
> Members of the Tunisian armed forces take up a position near the Bardo 
> museum.
> <http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/18/eight-people-killed-in-attack-on-tunisia-bardo-museum#img-1> 
> Members of the Tunisian armed forces take up a position near the Bardo 
> museum. Photograph: Mohamed Messara/EPA
> Chris Stephen <http://www.theguardian.com/profile/chris-stephen> in 
> Tunis, Kareem Shaheen 
> <http://www.theguardian.com/profile/kareem-shaheen> in Beirut and Mark 
> Tran <http://www.theguardian.com/profile/marktran>
> Wednesday 18 March 2015 14.56
> At least 19 people have been killed in Tunisia 
> <http://www.theguardian.com/world/tunisia> after two gunmen stormed 
> the Bardo national museum – one of the country’s leading tourist 
> attractions in the capital, Tunis – sparking a three-hour hostage drama.
> Tunisia’s prime minister, Habib Essid, said on Wednesday afternoon 
> that 17 of the dead were foreigners – from Germany, Italy, Spain and 
> Poland – calling the attack a cowardly assault on the country’s 
> tourist economy.
> Three hours after the attack started at about midday local time (11am 
> GMT), an interior ministry spokesman said two gunmen had been killed, 
> as well as one security officer, and that all hostages had been freed.
> Poland’s foreign ministry said that three Poles were among the six 
> wounded.
> The Bardo, which chronicles Tunisia’s history and includes one of the 
> world’s largest collections of Roman mosaics, is one of the country’s 
> biggest tourist attractions.
>   Live Tunisia terror attack: at least 11 dead after gunmen storm
>   museum - live
> Tunisian foreign ministry confirms seven foreigners and one Tunisian 
> have been killed in an attack at the Bardo museum, adjacent to the 
> parliament building in Tunis
> Read more
> A single muffled detonation signaled the end of the siege, with 
> reports filtering through to crowds gathered outside the gates in the 
> bright sunshine that the attackers were dead.
> White ambulances with lights flashing drove in a slow convoy inside 
> the gardens of the palace grounds. Minutes later police pushed open 
> the big iron entrance gates and black armored vehicles of the special 
> forces, their task seemingly complete, came out, inching through the 
> crowds pressing in outside.
> The spectators burst into cheering and applause and a black-clad 
> helmeted soldier peering from the turret of one vehicle punched the 
> air with both fists in response.
> Relief that the siege was over was mixed with dismay among those 
> watching. “This is a black day for Tunisia,” said Karim Ben Sa’a, a 
> manager in the tourism industry. “We are very sad for these tourists. 
> They visit our country and it is so, so, sad to see them die. Our 
> hearts are black.”
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> The attack came days after the death of Ahmed Al-Rouissi 
> <http://www.lemonde.fr/libye/article/2015/03/18/un-responsable-tunisien-de-l-etat-islamique-en-libye-tue_4595652_1496980.html>, 
> a Tunisian also known as Abu Zakariya Al-Tunisi, who led a contingent 
> of Islamic State (Isis) troops in Libya. He was killed in clashes with 
> Libyan troops near the town of Sirte, a stronghold of followers of 
> Muammar Gaddafi, the late Libyan strongman.
> Tunisian commentators speculated there may be a connection between his 
> death and Wednesday’s deadly attack, which could badly damage tourism, 
> on which the country relies heavily.
> Pro-Isis twitter accounts hailed the attack as “ghazwat Tunis” or the 
> “raid of Tunis” (ghazwa is the description given to the early Islamic 
> battles) and have cheered on the attackers. A purported IS video from 
> last December threatened attacks on Tunisia.
> Last month, Tunisia arrested more than 30 suspected militants – some 
> of whom returning from fighting in Syria – who were planning 
> “spectacular” attacks, officials said at the time. Interior ministry 
> officials said counter-terrorism forces had prevented attacks against 
> “vital installations”, including the interior ministry and civilian 
> buildings in Tunis.
> The assault on the museum poses an early and severe challenge for the 
> new secular-Islamist coalition cabinet led by the prime minister, 
> Habib Essid, which took office last month. It already faces the 
> problem of a proliferation of armed groups that emerged after the 2011 
> uprising that overthrew Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
> Tunisia is a major source of fighters travelling to Syria, with the 
> number of Tunisians fighting there estimated at about 3,000. A few 
> hundred have returned to Tunisia and many have been tracked down and 
> arrested.
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