Tunisia In Chaos After Slaying Of Second Opposition Politician

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Family members of assassinated Tunisian opposition politician Mohamed Brahmi mourn in Tunis July 25, 2013. Brahmi was shot dead outside his home in Tunis on Thursday in the second such assassination this year, setting off violent protests against the Islamist-led government in the capital and elsewhere. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi (TUNISIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTX11YWD


Tunisia is heralded as the birthplace of the Arab Spring. But these days the cradle of successful opposition is better known for chaos. This morning Tunisian opposition party leader Mohammed Brahmi was gunned down outside his home in a suburb of the capital. Brahmi was a leader in Tunisia's Arab nationalist Popular Front party. His death brought hundreds of protestors pouring into the streets of Tunis today. Many of them blamed Ennahda, the moderate Islamist party that leads Tunisia's government. Journalist Farah Samti has been watching the protests in the Tunisian capital. She says Brahmi was known for his criticism of the current government.