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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.