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Anger strikes: Tunisia’s Ennahda leader pelted with stones

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Angry Tunisians in a town north of the country hurled stones at Islamist Ennahda party leader Rached Ghannouchi’s car on Sunday, a security source told AFP.

At the sight of Ghannouchi, dozens of people in Thala shouted “Get out!”. This is one of the rallying cries of the revolution which toppled the regime of former dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011.

The stones and rocks which were being flung at the Ennahda party chief’s vehicle manage to successfully smash the rear window. Ghannouchi and some of his party members were in the town for the reburial of an activist executed in 1963, under the regime of Tunisia's founding president Habib Bourguiba.

The remains of Ahmed Rahmouni were exhumed at the request of his family, who wanted an autopsy carried out to determine the real cause of his death.

Tensions towards the ruling Ennhada party have grown since the assassination of opposition leader Chokri Belaid last month.

Last week, a number of Tunisians performed the Harlem Shake as part of a campaign which urges Ghannouchi to “stay Tunisian and leave Afghans alone.”

The organizers claim Ghannouchi and his Ennahda party are trying to impose a Taliban-style Islamic rule on the Mediterranean state.