Assassination of Tunisian opposition leader sparks protests

48-year-old Tunisian opposition politician Chokri Belaid was shot dead in front of his home on Wednesday — the first time a politician has been assassinated in Tunisia in 50 years. The incident has left Tunisians shocked and angry with¬†thousands of people turning out to demonstrate in Tunis, and in other regions including Gafsa and Sidi Bouzid. Violence has broken out as security forces fired tear gas at demonstrators, and protesters hurled stones and petrol bombs at the police. The funeral of the slain opposition leader was held today as demonstrations continued. Pictures by¬†Walid Feki.

A canister of tear gas is fired as protests in Tunisia turned violent following the assassination of opposition leader Chokri Belaid.

Protesters run from teargas thrown by security forces in Tunis.

The ambulance transporting slain opposition politician Chokri Belaid is surrounded by supporters and protesters in front of the Ennasr Hospital in Tunisia.

A scene from the funeral of Chokri Belaid following the arrival of the convoy carrying his body.

A protester holds up a photo of Chokri Belaid. Demonstrators are calling for the government to step down following Belaid’s assassination.

Tunisians protest on Habib Bourguiba Avenue after the assassination of opposition politician Chokri Belaid.

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