Thousands fill Tunis streets for funeral of slain opposition leader Chokri Belaid
- Year: 2013
- Length: 5:53 minutes (5.39 MB)
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Police fired tear gas on crowds near a cemetery in Tunisia, where tens of thousands of mourners attended the funeral for opposition leader Chokri Belaid, who was shot and killed earlier this week. Video posted online by AFP shows dense crowds lining the street as Belaid’s coffin, draped in the bold red color of the nation’s flag, moved slowly through. Belaid’s killing has sparked protests throughout Tunisia and the ruling Ennadha Party a is divided on how to respond. This week marked some of the largest protests since the ouster of long-time leader Zine Abidine Ben Ali two years ago, which fueled similar upheavals across north Africa and the Arab world. For more, we’re joined by Bernard Yaros, editor with the news site Tunisia Live. He’s been following events today and joins us from Tunis.