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8 Tunisians injured in clashes over assassination of opposition leader

English.news.cn   2013-02-08 02:45:29            
 • Eight people were injured in clashes in Gafsa, one day after assassination of an opposition leader.
 • Protests over the assassination also took place in Bizerta, Monastir and Sfax.
 • Tunisia's main labor union called for a day of mourning and a general strike on Friday.

 

TUNIS, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- Eight people were injured in clashes in Tunisia's mining town of Gafsa Thursday, one day after the assassination of an opposition leader in Tunis where calm has been largely restored, Shems FM reported.

People protesting the killing of Chokri Belaid hurled stones at the police, who responded with teargas in the mining town, some 400 km from Tunis, said the report, adding that five protesters and three policemen were injured.

Protests over the assassination also took place in Bizerta, Monastir and Sfax, where the ruling Ennahdha party's building was burned down, local media reported.

Meanwhile, Tunisia's main labor union called for a day of mourning and a general strike on Friday.

Belaid will be buried in Tunis' Djellaz cemetery on Friday in a state funeral. Heavy security presence is expected along the procession route, local media reported.

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France closes schools in Tunisia after killing of opposition figure

PARIS, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- France ordered on Thursday the closure of its 10 schools throughout Tunisia and called on its expatriates to be more vigilant after Chokri Belaid, a main opposition figure, was assassinated Wednesday.

In a statement posted on its website, the French Embassy in Tunisia said its schools to be exceptionally closed in the North African country on Friday and Saturday over worries of escalating violence following Belaid's killing.   Full story


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