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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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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 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 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 Credit: Reuters

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