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Funeral for Tunisian politician

Mourners have gathered for the funeral of a prominent Tunisian politician. Shokri Belaid was a leading secular opponent of the Islamist-led government in the country.

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UK condemns 'barbaric' murder of Tunisian politician

The Foreign Office has responded to the assassination of Tunisian opposition figure Chokri Belaid, calling it "a cowardly and barbaric act":

I condemn the murder of Chokri Belaid in the strongest terms. This was a cowardly and barbaric act aimed at destabilising Tunisia’s democratic transition.

It is essential that this tragic killing does not inflame more violence, and I call upon all Tunisians to engage in dialogue and work together for the greater good of Tunisia.

Chokri Belaid was a lifelong defender of human rights and free speech.

The UK will continue to work with Tunisia to build a stable and democratic future where violence is not used to silence free speech or to threaten the proper functioning of democracy.

– Alistair Burt, Foreign Office Minister for the Middle East and North Africa

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