Reports: General strike in Tunisia follows assassination
Demonstrators hold a picture of slain opposition figure Mohamed Brahmi on July 25 in Tunis (AFP / Khalil)
Tunisia's largest trade union has called a general strike Friday, a day after an opposition politician was assassinated, according to media reports.
The BBC reported that the UGTT trade union called for the national two-hour strike to protest violence and terrorism in general. Tunisia's national airline has suspended operations Friday, AFP reported.
The death of Mohamed Brahmi on Thursday was Tunisia's second political assassination of the year, following the death of Chokri Belaid in February.
AFP said Brahmi's family blamed Ennahda, the ruling Islamist party, for his death. Ennahda has denied the allegation, the report said.
Brahmi's slaying Thursday -- reportedly in front of his wife and children -- touched off massive demonstrations in the capital and in Brahmi's hometown of Sidi Bouzid, where nearby Ennahda offices were torched, the reports said.