Tunisian Politician Assassinated Amid Rising Political Violence

The prominent opposition politician Chokri Belaid was shot dead outside his home in Tunisia’s capital city Tunis on Wednesday.

Mr Belaid, a leading member of the secular opposition to Tunisia’s Islamist led government, was shot in the head and neck by an unknown assailant on his way to work.

President Moncey Marzouki, who cut short his visit to France and canceled a planned trip to Egypt upon hearing the news, described the murder as a blow to the Arab Spring which began in Tunisia. “The murder of Belaid is a political assassination and the assassination of the Tunisian revolution. By killing him they wanted to silence his voice,” he said.

Around one thousand protesters took to the streets outside the headquarters of the Interior Ministry.

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