Tunisia protests slaying of secular leader

Associated Press
A man looks at the site where Tunisian opposition leader Chokri Belaid was shot to death in Tunis, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013.  A critic of the Islamist-led government and violence by radical Muslims, Belaid was shot to death outside his home Wednesday, in the first political assassination in post-revolutionary Tunisia. The killing is likely to heighten tensions in the North African nation whose path from dictatorship to democracy so far has been seen as a model for the Arab world. (AP Photo/Amine Landoulsi)

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Thousands of protesters gathered in Sidi Bouzid, cradle of the Arab Spring uprisings, after a prominent secular opponent of Tunisia's moderate Islamist-led government was shot dead on Feb. 6. The assassination of Chokri Belaid has plunged Tunisia deeper into political crisis.

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