Thousands rally in Tunis to launch week of anti-government demos
TUNIS (AFP) - Thousands of protesters gathered outside Tunisia's national assembly Saturday demanding the ouster of the Islamist-led government, amid political deadlock a month after the assassination of an opposition MP.
"The people want the fall of the regime," "Get out!" and "(Rached) Ghannouchi assassin," were some of the slogans chanted by the protesters, the latter referring to the ruling Islamist party Ennahda's veteran leader.
The organisers, who say the protest marks the first day of a week-long campaign to bring down the government, dubbed the "week of departure," claimed 60,000 people attended, while the police gave an estimate of 10,000.
The protest took place in a celebratory atmosphere, with demonstrators draped in the Tunisian flag and singing the national anthem, while opposition MPs addressed the crowd.