In early February 2013 the leader of the opposition in Tunisia, Chokri Belaid, leader of the Unified Democratic Nationalist party was gunned down, leading to protesters hitting the streets of that country. Thursday July 25 the current leader of the opposition was gunned down and protesters have once again taken to the streets. Friday it was revealed that both men were killed with the same weapon. Tunisia's interior minister made the allegation to Aljazeera.
Police responded with tear gas inflaming the situation and Friday a general strike is being held as people express their anger. Governing Islamist party, Ennahda, denies accusations that they are involved or at least complicit in the assassination.
The Arab Spring, of 2011, hailed such a success by the west in its early days, has turned into a nightmare. Tunisia was one of the first countries to revolt against its leaders but two years on it remains a troubled country.
Mohamed Brahmi was shot dead in the capital Tunis Thursday leaving many to say that the country is at a crossroads. Tunisia now has a national crisis. Once again religious differences add fuel to the fire. Islamist offices have been burned down and thousands of secularists have poured on to the streets to protest. Russia Today reports:
Brahmi was the leader of the nationalist and secular People's Movement party, which has two seats in the National Constituent Assembly, the temporary parliamentary body charged with drafting a new constitution for the country. Twitter reports, citing eyewitnesses, say two men on a motorcycle shot the politician as he stood by his car, before speeding away. Brahmi's family witnessed the assassination.
A terrible tragedy at a personal level for the man's family, to witness his death first-hand. A tragedy for Tunisia as it struggles to restore peace. The country needs to attract tourists, which are vital to the economy, back to the area. As news of shootings and protests bounce around the world would be vacationers will look elsewhere.
Politically Tunisia is in serious trouble.