Hundreds of activists were back on the beaches of Sousse today in a show of solidarity with those who in Friday's brutal terror attack.
A solemn mood engulfed the site of the attack as Interior Minister Mohamed Najem Gharsalli joined Sousse residents and visitors as.
Sousse resident Salma Mohamedouni, 36, joined mourners as a show of solidarity with the wounded and the dead.
“It was so sad here today, nobody spoke but there was so much emotion, she told Tunisia Live.
“The fact that this happened hurts my heart so much, there are simply no words.
“We the Tunisian people support the families of the victims with a heavy heart.” she added.
She was joined on the beach by a British expat who gave her name as Vicky who spoke out in support of Tunisia following days of negative media coverage.
“I always feel safe here.
“I know Im not safe in Euroope but here I’ve always been safe, n attack like this could’ve happened couldve happened anywhere in the world.
“When I hear about it first I wanted to go home to England but yesterday my friends and I got together
and went to the march. I thought to myself – that’s what Tunisia is about for me.
However not all foreigners gave the country such a glowing review.
Another British expat who declined to be named, today lashed out at Tunisian officials for not doing enough to help the victims families.
Speaking as the Interior Minister arrived at the scene she told Tunisia Live:
“Thesse people are in hospital, they’ve lost their partners, they’ve lost their children and this is too late, why is he only coming here today and not yesterday or the day before.
“Since Bardo – the government has done nothing to make us feel safe.
However the long term expats was also quick to point out the positive side of the country.
“Tunisians have a big heart and they make all of us all welcome here.she added.
The move comes just hours after thousands of Tunisians and foreigners lined the streets of Sousse as part of an anti-terrorism march on Saturday night.
The pre-organised event saw people of all faiths and walks of life gather to send a clear message to the outside world that Tunisia is safe for tourists.
Speaking after the event, Racha Layoni was honest about the dual pain she feels for the victims and the people of the popular coastal resort town.
It hurts me a lot when I see an attack like this, may the dead rest in peace.
“And for us here in Sousse there’s no future here now.”
Her comments come as thousands of tourists are leaving Tunisia following Friday’s brutal terror attack and many locals now fear that they may not come back.
As of last night Facebook pages showing support for the resort had gathered more than 50,000 ‘likes’ online.