Tunisia protests over Brahmi assassination

In Tunisia, even the most bitter disputes have a certain civility. At an ongoing sit-in by rival protesters outside the constituent assembly in Tunis, fiery slogans are offset by singing, and both police and popcorn vendors look on. 

The festive atmosphere belies the fact that Tunisia's two main political camps –  the ruling Islamist Ennahda party and its allies and a collection of broadly secularist opposition parties – are locked in a tense, perhaps decisive standoff over the future of Tunisia’s democratic transition. (Christian Science monitor)

Police fire tear gas to break up a protest, near the parliament building in Tunis July 27, 2013. Tunisian police fired tear gas in front of parliament on Saturday to disperse secular protesters demanding the dissolution of the assembly and Islamists defending the legitimacy of their rule. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi (TUNISIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
Police fire tear gas to break up a protest, near the parliament building in Tunis
Police fire tear gas to break up a protest, near the parliament building in Tunis July 27, 2013. Tunisian police fired tear gas in front of parliament on Saturday to disperse secular protesters demanding the dissolution of the assembly and Islamists defending the legitimacy of their rule. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi (TUNISIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
Protesters gather on the main avenue of Tunis after the leader of a leftist Tunisian opposition party, Mohammed Brahmi, was gunned down as he left home, in Tunisia, Thursday, July 25, 2013. Brahmi, 58, of an Arab nationalist political party was in his car outside home when gunmen fired several shots at him, said Interior Ministry spokesman Mohammed Ali Aroui. It is the second killing of an opposition member this year, following that of Chokri Belaid, a member of the same leftist Popular Front coalition as Brahmi. Belaid was also shot dead in his car outside his home in February. His killing provoked a political crisis that nearly derailed Tunisia's political transition. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)
Protesters gather on the main avenue of Tunis after the leader of a leftist Tunisian opposition party, Mohammed Brahmi, was gunned down as he left home, in Tunisia, Thursday, July 25, 2013. Brahmi, 58, of an Arab nationalist political party was in his car outside home when gunmen fired several shots at him, said Interior Ministry spokesman Mohammed Ali Aroui. It is the second killing of an opposition member this year, following that of Chokri Belaid, a member of the same leftist Popular Front coalition as Brahmi. Belaid was also shot dead in his car outside his home in February. His killing provoked a political crisis that nearly derailed Tunisia's political transition. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)
Protesters gather on the main avenue of Tunis after the leader of a leftist Tunisian opposition party, Mohammed Brahmi, was gunned down as he left home, in Tunisia, Thursday, July 25, 2013. Brahmi, 58, of an Arab nationalist political party was in his car outside home when gunmen fired several shots at him, said Interior Ministry spokesman Mohammed Ali Aroui. It is the second killing of an opposition member this year, following that of Chokri Belaid, a member of the same leftist Popular Front coalition as Brahmi. Belaid was also shot dead in his car outside his home in February. His killing provoked a political crisis that nearly derailed Tunisia's political transition. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)

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