On November 15, Minister of Culture Hayet Guettat Guermezi paid a visit to the fair. Past visits by Culture Ministers to the fair don’t normally generate much media attention, Guermezi’s did. According to eyewitnesses who later spoke to Meshkal/Nawaat, Guermazi came in from the back door escorted by an armed, antiterrorism brigade (BAT) of the police forces, as well as police dogs in a scene that many described as “uncalled for” and “reminiscent of the old regime.” Their team then confiscated books at an Egyptian publisher’s stand published by Ennahdha leader and speaker of the now-suspended Parliament Rached Ghannouchi, according to Oussema Dhahri, a student and manager of a Tunisian publishing house’s stand at the fair.