Silent demonstration called outside Tunis attack museum

2015-03-19 13:49
Tunisian security forces open a gate to allow an ambulance carrying wounded victims from a gunmen attack at Tunis' famed Bardo Museum. (Fethi Belaid, AFP)

Tunisian security forces open a gate to allow an ambulance carrying wounded victims from a gunmen attack at Tunis' famed Bardo Museum. (Fethi Belaid, AFP)

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Tunis - Tunisia's main trade union confederation and other civil society groups called for a silent demonstration on Thursday outside the Tunis museum where 17 foreign tourists and two Tunisians were killed.

The groups called on Tunisians to gather at 15:00 GMT outside the National Bardo Museum "to demonstrate our national unity in the fight against terrorism".

No group has claimed Wednesday's attack, in which gunmen dressed in military uniforms opened fire at visitors as they got off a bus and then chased them inside the museum.

The attack, which lasted about four hours, also left more than 40 people wounded, in a massive blow to Tunisia's heavily tourism-dependent economy.

Tunisia has seen an upsurge in Islamist extremism since the 2011 revolution that ousted long-time strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and sparked the Arab Spring uprisings around the region.

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