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Belaid known as a fierce critic of the Islamist-led government was gunned down outside his home on Wednesday. His killing sparked protests across Tunisia, police fired rounds of tear gas in the capital to disperse young protesters.
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Police fire tear gas at youths outside cemetery; tens of thousands chant anti-government slogans
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tens of thousands of Tunisians chanting anti-government slogans converged Friday on a cemetery for the funeral of an assassinated leftist opposition politician, as military helicopters hovered overhead and tensions threatened to boil over into further violence.
The event to mark the death of Chokri Belaid was marred by small clashes between police and groups of stone-throwing young men attempting to steal the cars of mourners outside the cemetery. Clouds of tear of gas floated into Jellaz cemetery itself, sending mourners surging to one side as they waited for the funeral procession to arrive.
Live television images showed at least two cars burning in the streets outside as police faced off against gangs of young men.
Mourners came from all over the country to mourn Belaid, a harsh critic of the Islamist government who was gunned down in front of his house Wednesday, sparking days of rioting by his supporters. The nation was largely shut down due to a general strike called by the labor unions in solidarity, and the national carrier Tunis Air canceled all its flights.
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