07 February 2013 3:19 pm | | 3


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Popular Front supporters gather in downtown this afternoon

Several hundred members of the Popular Front coalition protested in front of the municipal theater downtown Thursday to denounce the assassination of their leader Chokri Belaid and the subsequent speech by Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali.

“Jebali’s speech was made to hypnotize and manipulate the feelings of people,” according to Sabra, one of those protesting.

She said she did not believe Jebali could create a technocratic government over which he would preside, as he announced in his speech Wednesday evening.

Others at the protest accused Rached Ghannouchi, the founder of the Ennahdha ruling party, of being responsible for Belaid’s death.

“Oh Ghannouchi, you are a killer,” they chanted.

The Popular Front coalition is comprised of 12 Tunisian political parties, including Belaid’s Democratic Patriots party, as well as associations of leftist nationalists and environmentalists and independent intellectuals.

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  1. Shibby says:

    So, so, so sorry about Tunisia and Tunisian people… Last year I was almost convinced that I will be an UK expat in Tunisia and I will start a new life. After two weeks holiday I had felt that something was definitely wrong(especially after the visit in Al Kairouan and Al Munastir…). Too many bad eyes in my wife’s back and mine, especially that we are not the kind of people that don’t respect life of others or want trouble… Just wanted a juice with my wife in Al munastir and people were looking at us mean…there is a saying in my country( I’m a UK citizen that was born in Romania): Beautiful country too bad is populated… The translation is not very good but you might get the sense…
    Anyway, I really hope that a new revolution will get the peace and prosperity that the Tunisian people deserve!

    • Paul says:

      the problem with Tunisia is the present Government should not be there they are not true Tunisian. Most of them have been living abroad to long and now they see an open to make lots of money by putting fear into the people of Tunisia. No price control ,not security anymore also there is no strong opposition at the moment so until the people themselves by forming a strong opposition part to take down the present Government who have lined there own pocket’s with there big salaries why the poor get poorer. look around Sousse this is the 3rd biggest City for Tourist and it is so dirty nobody want to work anymore lots of issues down the line maybe a new revolution would clear the air but for me i think a big election to clean sweep of new members with qualification in what we need Tourism / security/ honest members and non of the last government or council should be involved. Lets hope they get there act together before Tunisia becomes a distance memory regards to Tourist

      • mark says:

        @ Paul…you or any body else dont have the right to say who is Tunisian or who is not. The people who are doing this are just down right evil and dont have the rights of the people foremost in their minds cos they are evil and self serving.

        When you say they are not Tunisian its as if people like this could not possibly exist in Tunisia…Well they do and they are nasty and the good people need to get off their asses and peacefully fight back before all is lost ….not just the tourism which only benefits a small population in comparison

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