TUNIS, Tunisia – Tunisians were shocked today with the assassination of prominent opposition leader, Mohamed Brahmi. Brahmi was shot dead outside his residence in Ariana on Thursday in the second such assassination this year, setting off huge protests against the Islamist-led government in the capital city and elsewhere. According to eyewitnesses, the killers shot the deceased 11 times before escaping the scene on a motorbike.
After two hours of the ultra-violent incident, Tunisians swept Habib bourguiba avenue, Tunis’s main thoroughfare, to protest the murder of Brahmi. Some furious protesters went further as to demand the ouster of the incumbent government for lacking competence. The angry crowds chanted anti-Ennahdha slogans, “The Streets! The Clashes! Until the brothers (Referring to Ennahdha) dash!” one protester initiated the chants.
The prime minister held a closed meeting with members of his cabinets to discuss the situation. Mr. Laaraydh delivered a statement, upon the meeting, in which he urged political and social forces to remain composed and highlighted the necessity of national unity in times of crisis.