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Tunisia: funeral of assassinated MP Brahmi draws huge crowds


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Tunisia: funeral of assassinated MP Brahmi draws huge crowds

Thousands of people gathered in Tunis to see the coffin of opposition politician Mohamed Brahmi being carried through the streets ahead of his state funeral. He was shot dead outside his house on July 25.

The Interior Ministry said earlier that Brahmi, 58, had been killed with the same gun used to assassinate secular leader Chokri Belaid on February 6. Demonstrators gathered in honour of Brahmi’s funeral carried portraits of both politicians.

The killing of Brahmi has sparked protests against Tunisia’s Islamist-led government in the capital Tunis and other cities, including Sidi Bouzid, Sfax, Kairouan and Kef.

Police reportedly used tear gas to break up the demonstrations. Witnesses said an anti-government protester died in the southern city of Gafsa during the unrest.

Forty two opposition members of parliament have resigned in protest at Brahmi’s death.

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