18 February 2013

Tunisia: Chokri Belaid Statue Destroyed By Vandals

Vandals destroyed a statue erected in honour of slain Tunisian opposition leader Chokri Belaid, Tunisie Numerique reported on Monday (February 18th). The Sunday night incident came just hours after Tunisian artists installed the memorial in El Menzah, the site of Belaid's killing.

"This is a criminal act. Those who did this are inhuman, they have exceeded all limits," AFP quoted Belaid's widow Besma Khalfaoui as saying.

Belaid, a fierce critic of the Ennahda-led government, was gunned down in broad daylight on February 6th. His murder sparked a public outcry in Tunisia, plunging the country into its worst political crisis since the revolution.

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