Thousands of Tunisians recently took to the streets in protests against the ruling Ennahda Party’s alleged plans to transform the once secular country into an Islamist state. A group of students, however, have decided to express their criticism of the Islamist party in a different way, by dancing to an American hip hop song.
They danced to the beat of “Let's Get It Started" by American hip hop group The Black Eyed Peas to show the “cool” face of Tunisia as opposed to the conservative Islamist vision for the country that Mohamed Ghannouchi, head of Ennahda party, is said to possess.
The dancing-protest activity was part of a campaign that urges Ghannouchi to “stay Tunisian and leave Afghans alone.” The campaign organizers claim that Ghannouchi and his Ennahda party leader is trying to impose a Taliban-style Islamic rule on the Mediterranean state.
Adel Allatifi, a professor of modern Arab history, said the group dancing protests are “in essence a refined expression of love for life in the face of a culture of death.”