Fight in Algerian University Over Public Eating in Ramadan

Published May 13th, 2019 - 08:34 GMT
Tunisians protest for the right to eat and smoke in public during Ramadan, on June 11, 2017. (AFP)
Tunisians protest for the right to eat and smoke in public during Ramadan, on June 11, 2017. (AFP)

A video emerged from the University of Bouzéreahin Algeria of a fight between students over eating practices in public during Ramadan. The video went viral the internet in the past two days.

In the video, a student who was eating in public in Ramadan day was attacked by a group who can be heard inciting others against the student for eating in public and inside the university’s campus during the holy month.

The assault on the young student which was documented in video, was followed by a brawl involving dozens of students in a dispute over the issue of eating in public during Ramadan.

The identity of the student who was eating was not revealed, some speculated even that she is non-Muslim. Meanwhile, the students who attacked her and incited others against her were confirmed not to be part of the students’ community and from outside the campus.

The video shed lights on the controversy of eating and drinking in public during Ramadan in Muslim-majority countries splitting opinion between calls to respect individual freedoms while others for respecting the Ramadan fast.

It has always been a debatable topic between conservatives who call for respecting the holy month which requires no eating in public for Muslims or non-Muslims, while liberal activists call for freedom of practice and beliefs. Yet, the Arab laws could land people in jail if found eating or drinking in public.


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