Tunisia frees rapper critical of government

The unrest, over a lack of jobs for young people and civil liberties, has been the worst in President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali's 23 years in office.

Tunisia frees rapper critical of government

Tunisian authorities, facing a wave of unrest, have released a rap singer who was detained last week after recording a song critical of the government, the rapper's family told Reuters on Sunday.

Police arrested 22-year-old Hamada Ben-Amor last Thursday in the Mediterranean Sea coast city of Sfax, soon after the online release of his song entitled "President, your people are dying."

"After three difficult days my brother has returned to us safely," the rapper's brother, Hamdi Ben-Amor, said without giving further details.

Ben-Amor is better known in Tunisian cyberspace as The General. His song was about the problems of youth unemployment, the focus of much of the unrest.

The unrest, over a lack of jobs for young people and civil liberties, has been the worst in President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali's 23 years in office.


Reuters

Last Mod: 10 Ocak 2011, 09:55
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