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First death as protests continue after Tunisia killing

Tunisians, who had gathered to protest the killing of opposition politician Mohamed Brahimi, run from tear gas in Tunis. Credit: Reuters/Anis Mili

One man was killed in violent protests in the southern Tunisian city of Gafsa, two days after the assassination of a secular opposition figure, according to Reuters.

It was the first death in protests since demonstrations erupted after the assassination of Mohamed Brahmi on Thursday.

Thousands of anti-government protesters also massed in the capital on Friday, while shops and banks closed their doors and all flights in and out of the country were cancelled.

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State airline cancels all Friday flights to and from Tunisia

Tunisair will cancel all flights into and out of Tunisia tomorrow after the country's largest trade union called a general strike in protest at the assassination of opposition figure Mohamed Brahmi. A statement from the state-owned company said:

All flights to and from Tunisia on Friday will be cancelled.

Read: Tunisia union calls for general strike after killing

Tunisia union calls for general strike after killing

Assassinated Tunisian opposition politician Mohamed Brahmi's daughter Balkis holds a Tunisian flag outside their home. Credit: Reuters /Zoubeir Souissi

Tunisia's largest labour organisation, the UGTT, said it would hold a general strike tomorrow to protest against the assassination of opposition figure Mohamed Brahmi, officials said. Sami Tahri, a UGTT spokeman said:

"The executive office of the UGTT decided to go on general strike ... it will be a political strike in defence of Tunisia and to protest at this new political assassination."

A general strike was held on February 8 this year, two days after the assassination of the secular opposition figure Chokri Belaid.

Read: Tunisia clashes follow Chokri Belaid funeral

Protests in Tunisia after opposition leader assassinated

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Sidi Bouzid, the birthplace of the Tunisian revolution, after the assassination of a leading opposition politician. Resident Mehdi Horchani described said there were a number of road blocks and protests taking place across the city.

People are very angry. Thousands have taken to the streets, people have blocked roads and set tyres alight.

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Protests in Tunisia after funeral of murdered politician

A protester flees from tear gas fired by riot police during clashes near the cemetery where Chokri Belaid was buried. Credit: REUTERS/Louafi Larbi
Soldiers help mourners carry the coffin of leader Chokri Belaid during his funeral procession towards the nearby cemetery of El-Jellaz. Credit: REUTERS/Louafi Larbi
Protesters clashed with riot police near the cemetery in the Jebel Jelloud district of Tunis. Credit: REUTERS/Louafi Larbi
Riot policemen run away from protesters during a demonstration near the Interior Ministry in Tunis. Credit: REUTERS/Anis Mili

More than 50,000 gather for funeral of Tunisian opposition leader

There have been reports that police and mourners clashed at the mass funeral of secular opposition leader Chokri Belaid, whose assassination has plunged Tunisia deeper into political crisis.

Mourners carry the coffin of slain opposition leader Chokri Belaid
Mourners carry the coffin of slain opposition leader Chokri Belaid Credit: Reuters

Braving chilly rain, at least 50,000 people turned out to honour Belaid in his home district of Jebel al-Jaloud in the capital, chanting anti-Islamist and anti-government slogans.

A couple mourns during the funeral procession for the late secular opposition leader Chokri Belaid
A couple mourns during the funeral procession for the late secular opposition leader Chokri Belaid Credit: Reuters

Violence reportedly erupted near the cemetery as police fired teargas at demonstrators who threw stones and set cars ablaze. Police also used teargas against protesters near the Interior Ministry, a frequent flashpoint for clashes in the Tunisian capital.

Thousands take part in the funeral procession
Thousands take part in the funeral procession Credit: Reuters
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