Mass Protests After Tunisian Opposition Leader Shot Dead
Thousands of angry demonstrators took to the streets of the Tunisian capital of Tunis and other cities and towns on Wednesday following the assassination of a leading secular opposition leader.
Chokri Belaid, who was secretary general of the leftist Democratic Patriotic Party, was shot in the head and neck and died as he was taken to hospital.
Police fired tear gas as enraged demonstrators pelted security forces with bottles outside the Interior Ministry building in Tunis. In Sidi Bouzid - the central Tunisian town better known as the birthplace of the Arab Spring, - police fired into the air and used tear gas in an attempt to disperse the crowd.