Politics

Tunisia buries Chokri Belaid

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People carry the coffin of late opposition leader Chokri Belaid during his funeral procession to the cemetery of El-Jellaz in the Djebel Jelloud district, a suburb of Tunis, where Belaid is to be buried on February 8, 2013.

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FETHI BELAID

Protesters chanted slogans against the Tunisian government and called for a new revolution.

Belaid's murder has proved the flash point for months of tension between the ruling Islamists and secular, liberal groups who accuse them of hijacking Tunisia's revolution.

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    Tunisian women hold placards showing late opposition leader Chokri Belaid before his funeral in Tunis, Feb. 8, 2013.

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    FETHI BELAID

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    Tunisian soldiers stand guard during Chokri Belaid's funeral procession through the capital, Feb. 8, 2013.

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    FETHI BELAID

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    People hold placards and flowers as Belaid's funeral procession makes its way to the nearby cemetery of El-Jellaz.

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    FETHI BELAID

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    People carry the coffin of late opposition leader Chokri Belaid during his funeral procession to the cemetery of El-Jellaz in the Djebel Jelloud district, a suburb of Tunis, where Belaid is to be buried on February 8, 2013.

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    FETHI BELAID

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    Chokri Belaid's widow, Basma Khalfaoui Belaid, makes the victory sign. She told the crowd that her husband's death was the start of a new revolution.

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    FETHI BELAID

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    A large number of women took part in Belaid's funeral procession, even though traditionally in Tunisia only men attend.

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    FETHI BELAID

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    Crowds gather outside the El-Jellaz funeral where Belaid was buried. There were reports of clashes with police outside the cemetery.

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    FETHI BELAID