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Turmoil hits Tunisia after secular politician shot dead

Source: Fri, 26 Jul 2013 09:08 AM
Author: Reuters
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Tunisian opposition politician Mohamed Brahmi is shot dead Thursday in the second such assassination this year, setting off violent protests.

Anger erupts in Tunisia after opposition leader Mohamed Brahmi is assassinated in the capital Tunis.

He was shot outside his home.

Now turmoil in the streets, as crowds gather outside the hospital where his body was taken.

His son is consumed by grief.(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SON OF BRAHMI, SAYING

"My father died for the sake of his country. You, Tunisians, you must die for the thing he died for, die for the thing he died for, die for the thing he died for. That's it I cannot add anything."

Now people demonstrating against the Islamist-led government -- following the second such assassination this year.

Brahmi belonged to the secular, Arab nationalist Popular Front party, whose former leader, was killed in a similar way Feb. 6.

Divisions between Islamists and their secular opponents have deepened since the popular uprisings in 2011, unleashing unrest across the Arab world, unseating rulers in Egypt, Libya and Yemen, and leading to a civil war in Syria.

 

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