The streets in front of the Interior Ministry are now packed, according to eyewitness accounts. Security forces cordoned off the area.
“Protesters are running around announcing that live ammunition has been used,” tweeted @myriambenghazi who is at the site.
The Islamist Ennahda party offices have been attacked and torched in several cities across the country. Further protests have erupted in several towns.
Thousands have flooded the streets in the Tunisian city of Sidi Bouzid alone. A local man placed the number protesting at “more than 4,000,” according to Reuters.He said that many were “burning tires and throwing stones at the police."
Ennahda came to power following the 2011 revolution and has been accused of seeking to monopolize power.
Chokri Belaid had recently formed a coalition in opposition against the Islamist-led government, leading Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali to condemn the suspected politically-motivated assassination. Jebali labeled his death “the assassination of the Tunisian revolution,” adding that, “by killing him they wanted to silence his voice.”
Thousands protest after Tunisian top opposition leader shot dead (VIDEO, PHOTOS) — RT
People surround an ambulance transporting the body of Tunisian opposition leader and outspoken government critic Chokri Belaid on February 6, 2013. (AFP Photo / Feithi Belaid)