Tunisia’s national airline cancelled all flights on Friday. This happens in a moment when in the country are popular movements in the streets after the assassination, Thursday, of the Mohamed Brahmi.
A 58 year politician and critic of Tunisia’s ruling Islamic party, Brahmi was shot dead outside his house, in Ariana, near Tunis.
Prior to this moment, experts anticipated that a new political assassination will send the country into an Egypt-like crisis. Again, the Secularists are in the battle with the Islamists.
The biggest labor organization of Tunisia, UGTT, called for a general strike on Friday.
Massive protests against “terrorism, violence and murder” are now happening all over the country.
Brahmi, a father of five, was the founder and leader of the People’s Movement. The party joined the Popular Front on April 13, 2013. He was shot 11 times, by two men on a motorcycle, in front of his wife and children. Angry demonstrations were taken to the streets to denounce Islamists, asking that Ennahda will be forced from government. The ruling Ennahda party, a moderate Islamist group denied the accusations.
United States strongly condemned on Thursday this new assassination. “Such cowardly acts cannot be justified in a democratic Tunisia” said Marie Harf, the spokeswoman of the State Department.
France, Switzerland, Algeria and the European Parliament denounced the assassination and the United Nations called for “a swift and transparent investigation.”
The Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki referred to this moment as “a second national catastrophe” (after the assassination of Belaid, six months ago).