Tunisian minorities under pressure

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Since the revolution hit Tunisia in 2011, religious minorities have been watching with unease the growth in size and confidence of puritanical Islamist groups which were suppressed under the secular dictatorship.

Churches have been attacked, Jews shouted down and the followers of revered saints harassed into not attending the shrines they've always visited. In a country long proud of its secular tradition, they watch as shrines and churches have become almost fair game across North Africa.

As people here debate what it means to be a Tunisian, meet members of the small minority groups in this overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim country.

We meet a young man converting to Judaism from Sunni Islam, who tells us the hopes he has for his country, and his life, as he takes his risky journey.

We meet followers of the ancient Stambali group, descended from black African slaves, who tell of the harassment they are receiving on the basis that their reverence of saints is not acceptable in Islam.

The Association for the Support of Minorities - newly allowed, but not keen on allowing the same right to existence for Salafists and other ultraconservatives, wants action from the Islamist-led government to support minorities.

And get the view of the Tahrir party - long banned in many countries including Tunisia, but recently permitted by the Islamist-led government.


'Mehdi', Muslim converting to Judaism

Riadh Zaouch, Stambali Shrine leader

Yamina Thabet, Association for the Support of Minorities

Ridha Bel Haj, Tahrir Party

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