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PSI is outraged by the murder of Mohamed Brahmi and calls on the Tunisian government to protect its citizens

29 July 2013
Mohamed Brahim photo by Amine Ghrabi
Public Services International (PSI) is deeply shocked and outraged by the murder of Mohamed Brahmi, member of the Assembly in charge of drafting the new Constitution and founder of the People's Movement (Echaâb), a secular and nationalist group.

Aged 58, Mohamed Brahmi was shot on Thursday, 25 July 2013. Fourteen bullets were fired at close range outside his home in Tunis by two men on a motorcycle as he stepped out of car. On February 6, the opponent Chokri Belaïd had been murdered in the same way. His death provoked the largest demonstrations in the country since the fall of Ben Ali in January 2011. We deeply regret that after two years of the onset of revolutions in Tunisia, violence is continuing on a daily basis. The violence with which police attacked demonstrators gathered on both Friday 26 July and Saturday 27 July at the funeral of Mr. Brahmi, is unacceptable and beyond measure.

We urge the government to accommodate the diversity of opinions that is the hallmark of a true democracy, and to take action against those who use bullets and threats to suppress public dialogue. PSI fully supports UGTT and all its demands.

Please find attached the protest letter (in French) that PSI has sent to the Tunisian President, Moncef Marzouki.


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