Tear gas fired to disperse Tunis protesters after Brahmi burial

In a counter-demonstration, hundreds of Islamists flocked in front of the parliament chanting slogans condemning what they called an attempted coup against democracy.

Tear gas fired to disperse Tunis protesters after Brahmi burial

World Bulletin/News Desk

Tunisian police fired tear gas in front of the parliament building on Saturday, a Reuters reporter said, to disperse secular protesters demanding the dissolution of the assembly as well as Islamists.

The police began firing after the arrival of thousands of opposition protesters who had been attending the funeral of an assassinated secular politician, Mohamed Brahmi.

Secular opposition parties are demanding the dissolution of the parliament and the government.

In a counter-demonstration, hundreds of Islamists flocked in front of the parliament chanting slogans condemning what they called an attempted coup against democracy.

Tunisian opposition figure Mohamed Brahmi was laid to eternal rest on Saturday in a Tunis cemetery with a military funeral ceremony.

The funeral ceremony was attended by large crowds including members of the constituent assembly and syndicates as well as several political party leaders.

Mohamed Brahmi, leader of Movement of the People Party was shot dead on Thursday outside his home in capital Tunis.

Interior Minister Lotfi Ben Jeddu has said Brahmi was shot dead with the same gun which previously killed opposition leader Chokri Belaid in February.

The secular Democratic Alliance Party on Saturday withdrew 10 of its members from the 217-seat Constituent Assembly, taking the number of deputies who had withdrawn from parliament in protest against the killing of Brahmi to 52.

Khamis Kssila of the Nida Touns party said earlier the departing members would begin a sit-in to demand the dissolution of the assembly and formation of a national salvation government - ideas rejected by Prime Minister Ali Larayedh.

The assembly, controlled by Islamists, is in charge of drafting a new constitution for the nation of 11 million people.

Meanwhile, a bomb attack targeted a vehicle in front of National Guard Forces Headquarters in port of Tunis, known as Halq al-Wadi region.

No casualties have been reported.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Temmuz 2013, 17:37
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