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Tunisians rally for rights of women

Tunisians chanted slogans supporting women’s rights. Several thousand people rallied in Tunis on Tuesday.
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Tunisians chanted slogans supporting women’s rights. Several thousand people rallied in Tunis on Tuesday.

TUNIS — Thousands of people rallied in Tunisia on Tuesday in support of women’s rights amid national debate about a landmark constitution for the Arab world.

Two competing demonstrations were held in Tunis to mark a national day celebrating women.

The one organized in support of the governing Islamist party Ennahda drew a few hundred people, while several thousand attended another organized by groups celebrating Tunisia’s unusually women-friendly policies that preceded the Islamist leadership.

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No violence was reported, though security was tight. Tunisia has struggled with violence involving ultraconservative Muslims pushing for stricter Islamic policies.

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Tunisia is crafting its first constitution since an uprising that led to the Arab Spring democratic revolts. Its language on women’s rights is among sensitive issues.

Associated Press