Thousands of protesters, angered at the killing of opposition politician Chokri Belaid, gathered across Tunisia today.
Despite calls for calm from the authorities, 8,000 protesters massed outside the Interior Ministry in Tunis calling for the fall of the government, while thousands more demonstrated in cities including Mahdia, Sousse, Monastir and Sidi Bouzid.
There were reports that Tunisian police fired teargas to disperse protesters demonstrating in the capital.
The leader of a Tunisian opposition party has died in hospital after being shot outside his home in Tunis, the country's government said today.
Chokri Belaid was a prominent secular opponent of the moderate Islamist-led government in the country.
"Chokri Belaid was killed today by four bullets to the head and chest ... doctors told us that he has died. This is a sad day for Tunisia," Ziad lakhader, a leader of the Popular Front party told Reuters.