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Thousands at funeral for Tunisian opposition politician

Tens of thousands of Tunisians have turned out for the funeral of assassinated secular politician Mohamed Brahmi and called for the Islamist-led government to be toppled.

Mourners carry the coffin of slain opposition leader Mohamed Brahmi Credit: REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi
Mohamed Brahmi's daughter holds a Tunisian flag during his funeral procession Credit: REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi
Hundreds of troops and police lined the route of the procession Credit: REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi

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Car bomb in Tunisia ahead of politician funeral

A bomb in a police car exploded this morning in the Tunisian capital of Tunis hours before the funeral of assassinated secular opposition politician Mohamed Brahmi, a spokesman at the Interior Ministry said.

There were no casualties from the blast near a police station in the residential La Goulette district, Mohammad Ali Aroui said.

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.

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.

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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