Police fire tear gas to disperse protesters in Tunis

Reuters , Saturday 27 Jul 2013

Following assassination of Tunisian leading critic of ruling Islamists, secular protesters converge on parliament building, demanding dissolution of parliament and Islamist-led government

A Tunisian lawyer reacts as the coffin of Tunisian opposition politician Mohammed Brahmi is carried out of his home in El Ghazela, in the suburb of Tunis, prior to the funerals in Tunis, Saturday July, 27, 2013 (Photo: AP)

Tunisian police fired tear gas in front of the parliament building on Saturday, a Reuters reporter said, to disperse secular protesters demanding the dissolution of the assembly and Islamists defending the legitimacy of their rule.

The police began firing heavily after the arrival of thousands of opposition protesters who had been attending the funeral of an assassinated secular politician, Mohamed Brahmi.

Secular opposition parties are demanding the dissolution of the parliament and the Islamist-led government.

In a counter-demonstration, hundreds of Islamists flocked in front of the parliament chanting slogans condemning what they called an attempted coup against democracy.

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