Via France 24:

The offices of Tunisia’s ruling Islamist Ennahda party have been attacked and thousands of angry Tunisians are protesting after the killing on Wednesday morning of leading leftist and secular politician Chokri Belaid.

Police fired teargas to disperse thousands of angry Tunisians who took to the streets of the capital Tunis Wednesday following the assassination of a leading secular opposition figure that morning.

Chokri Belaid, who was secretary general of the leftist Democratic Patriotic Party, was shot in the head and neck and died as he was taken to hospital.

While motives for his killing remained unclear on Wednesday, Belaid’s party was a member of the Popular Front coalition of parties that is vigorously opposed to the government, dominated by the Islamist Ennahda party, which was elected in December 2011.

Many thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of the capital as well as several other Tunisian towns to voice their anger at what they perceived to be a crime committed by Islamists in the face of secular opposition.

According to agency reports, the offices of the Ennahda party were “sacked” and “torched” in the towns of Mezzouna and Gafsa, where angry protests were also taking place.

A leading voice of secular opposition in Tunisia, he was also a harsh critic of the Islamists who have come to dominate Tunisian politics since the country’s revolution in early 2011.