There have been angry scenes in Tunisian cities after an outspoken opponent of the government was shot and killed.
An estimated 20,000 people gathered outside the Interior Ministry in the capital Tunis calling for the administration to go.
Protesters accompanied the ambulance that took Chokra Belaid’s body from the hospital where he died to the mortuary.
He was a secular leader who had fiercely criticised the government’s dealings with radical Islamists.
Many demonstrators blamed the moderate Islamist Ennahda party for the assassination.
Ennahda, which is leading a volatile coalition with secularists, denied any involvement in the killing.
Tunisia sparked the Arab Spring two years ago – its Jasmine Revolution that overthrew President Ben Ali was the first of a wave to sweep the region.
Opponents who campaigned for freedom when their countries were ruled by dictators feel that their revolutions have been hijacked by Islamists.
Chokra Belaid was gunned down outside his home in Tunis by attackers who escaped on a motorbike.
He had accused the government of being puppets of the wealthy Gulf State of Qatar.
The opposition have called a general strike to coincide with his funeral.
Copyright © 2014 euronewsMore about:
- 1Divers grapple with inhuman conditions as Sewol ferry salvage continues
- 2MH370: bad weather halts search as ‘unidentified material’ found on Australian coast
- 3War of words grows more heated as Russia accuses the US of ‘running the show’ in Ukraine
- 4Exhumations at suspected Serbia mass grave begin
- 5Transnistria territorially tempting to Russia
- 1TV newscaster keeps calm as quake hits Mexico
- 2South Korea: Dramatic amateur footage emerges of final moments before stricken ferry capsizes
- 3Scientists find new Earth-sized planet that could host life
- 4Divers grapple with inhuman conditions as Sewol ferry salvage continues
- 5Dragon docks at International Space Station
Wires > News
- 11:45 CET Libya faces enormous security challenge – U.S. diplomat
- 11:16 CET Obama reaffirms commitment to Japan on tour of Asia allies
- 10:56 CET U.N. Security Council members considering South Sudan sanctions
- 09:26 CET Three foreigners killed in attack in Afghan hospital – security…
- 09:25 CET Wage talks resume as South Africa platinum strike marks 13th week
- 08:36 CET Historic canonisation of two popes brings joy and controversy
- 07:48 CET Exclusive – Marubeni says Chinese authorities detain three staff…
- 07:03 CET Pakistan fighter jets target militant hideouts near Afghan border