Tunisia is preparing for the noon funeral procession today of assassinated opposition leader Chokri Belaid.
President Moncef Marzouki issued instructions yesterday for a national funeral and day of morning for Belaid, who was gunned down by unknown assailants outside his Tunis home on Wednesday morning. Flags throughout the country will fly at half-mast.
The funeral procession will start on foot from the Cultural Center in Djebel Jelloud, the Tunis suburb where Belaid grew up, at noon local time.
A military vehicle will carry his body to El Jallaz cemetery, where he will be buried in the Martyr’s Square.
The funeral will be attended by many senior opposition leaders, family members, and colleagues. The Defense Minister will attend the procession representing Marzouki.
Going against Tunisian traditions, Besma Khalfaoui, wife of the late opposition leader, called on women to partake in funeral procession to the burial site.
Tunisia’s largest labor union, the UGTT, called yesterday for a nationwide general strike Friday to coincide with the funeral.