Last Updated: Monday, 26 September 2016, 15:18 GMT

Protests erupt after killing of opposition Tunisian politician

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 25 July 2013
Cite as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Protests erupt after killing of opposition Tunisian politician, 25 July 2013, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/520894b614.html [accessed 27 September 2016]
DisclaimerThis is not a UNHCR publication. UNHCR is not responsible for, nor does it necessarily endorse, its content. Any views expressed are solely those of the author or publisher and do not necessarily reflect those of UNHCR, the United Nations or its Member States.

July 25, 2013

Assassinated Tunisian opposition politician Muhammad Brahmi's daughter Balkis (center) holds a Tunisian flag as she mourns his death in Tunis on July 25.Assassinated Tunisian opposition politician Muhammad Brahmi's daughter Balkis (center) holds a Tunisian flag as she mourns his death in Tunis on July 25.

The killing of a Tunisian opposition politician has sparked protests by thousands against the Islamist-led government of the North African country.

Muhammad Brahmi was shot dead by two gunmen in the capital Tunis on July 25.

Crowds of protesters gathered outside the Interior Ministry in the capital later that day, and also in the central city of Sidi Bouzid, where Brahmi was born.

Demonstrators set fire to the offices of the ruling Ennahda party in a nearby town.

Tunisia's largest trade union announced a general strike for July 26.

Brahmi was a vocal critic of the Islamist-led government.

The United States and UN human rights chief Navi Pillay condemned his killing and called for a thorough investigation.

Brahmi's murder was the second assassination of an opposition politician this year.

Based on reporting by Reuters and dpa

Link to original story on RFE/RL website

Copyright notice: Copyright (c) 2007-2009. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036

Search Refworld

Countries