URGENT ¥¥¥ Police clash with protesters in Tunis: AFP

Police clashed with protesters on Wednesday outside Tunisia's interior ministry where thousands had gathered, as hundreds of mourners accompanied an ambulance carrying the body of a slain opposition leader.

Protesters threw rocks at the police who responded by firing tear gas and using batons in a bid to disperse the crowd on Habib Bourguiba Avenue, in central Tunis, an AFP journalist reported.

Crowds of mourners, chanting "the people want the fall of the regime", crowded around an ambulance carrying the body of Chokri Belaid, an outspoken opponent of the government who was shot dead outside his Tunis home on Wednesday morning.