27 July 2013

Tunisia: Martyr Mohamed Brahmi Buried in Cemetery of El-Jellaz

Tunis — Nationalist leftist leader Mohamed Brahim, who was assassinated on July 25, 2013 on Republic Day, was buried on Saturday afternoon at the Martyrs' Square in the Cemetery of El-Jellaz in Tunis, next to leading politician Chokri Belaid who was killed last February 6.

Wrapped in the national flag, the coffin of the deceased arrived at midday in the cemetery of Jellaz, in the presence of thousands of citizens who chanted the national anthem.

Next to the relatives of the martyr, hundreds of politicians, media figures and trade unionists as well as representatives of the civil society accompanied Mohamed Brahmi to his final resting place amid military deployment.

Participants in the national funerals chanted slogans denouncing the "heinous crime" and called for "civil disobedience," the "ouster of the government" and the "dissolution of the constituent assembly."

NCA resigning deputy and Secretary-General of the Socialist Democrats Movement (MDS) pronounced the funeral oration in which he spoke of the qualities and merits of the deceased.

While denouncing the government, which she termed "fascist," widow of the defunct M'barka Brahmi stressed the urgent need to continue activism for the sake of "green Tunisia."

Present at the funeral, Spokesman for the Popular Front Hamma Hammami listed the virtues and high deeds of Mohamed Brahmi who, he said, is one of the leaders of Tunisia, the Arab nation and the progressive movement.

He called for the fall of the ruling coalition and the formation of a national salvation government to establish civil peace to help ensure the organisation of free, fair and democratic elections.

He also invited participants in the funerals to join the sit-in planned outside the National Constituent Assembly right after the funeral.

Native of Sidi Bouzid, the birth place of the Tunisian Revolution, and influential figure of the Left opposition, Mohamed Brahmi was killed on Thursday, July 25, 2013 by several bullets as he was leaving his home.

The assassination of Brahmi took place on the Day of the Republic and on the day of the announcement of the identification of the murderers of Chokri Belaid, leader of the Unified Patriotic Democratic Front who was killed last February 6.

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