Tunisian students at the Bourguiba Language Institute perform the "Harlem Shake" on February 27, 2013
Tunisian students at the Bourguiba Language Institute in the El Khadra neighbourhood, a Salafist bastion of the capital Tunis, perform the Internet craze, the "Harlem Shake", outside their school on February 27, 2013. Tunisian students and radical Muslim Salafists have faced off in renewed scuffles over the "Harlem Shake" dance craze in the cities of Sidi Bouzid and Tunis, witnesses say. © Fethi Belaid - AFP/File
Tunisian students at the Bourguiba Language Institute perform the
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Last updated: February 28, 2013

Fresh Harlem Shake scuffles in Tunisia

Tunisian students and radical Muslim Salafists have faced off in renewed scuffles over the "Harlem Shake" dance craze in the cities of Sidi Bouzid and Tunis, witnesses said on Thursday.

In Sidi Bouzid, birthplace of Tunisia's 2011 revolution, Regueb school students tried to film their version of the "Harlem Shake" on Wednesday on the premises but were denied permission.

School officials said the students took to the streets outside where they were set up upon by about 20 Salafists, ultra-conservative Muslims, who warned them against "this Western dance of misbelievers".

The same assailants returned on Thursday and attacked the students, they said.

At Manouba University in a suburb of Tunis, a regular scene of incidents between secular students and Salafists, Islamists clashed on Thursday with youths also trying to film the "Harlem Shake," a school caretaker told AFP.

Police intervened to separate the two sides, restoring calm.

A number of social media sites run by Salafists and other Islamist groups have denounced the "Harlem Shake" as indecent, with participants smoking, dancing wildly and simulating sexual acts.

Defiant youth activists have put out a call for a mega "Harlem Shake" to be staged on Friday in front of the education ministry in Tunis.

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