Hundreds march through Tunis to mark Tunisia's Independence Day as well as the attack on their national museum that left 21 foreign tourists dead. Mana Rabiee reports.
Hundreds march through the Tunisian capital, Tunis, to mark not only their Independence Day ..... but to also protest the attack on their national museum that left 21 foreign tourists dead. It was the worst attack in over a decade in this North African country that relies heavily on European tourism. (SOUNDBITE) (French) TOURIST GUIDE ZOUBEIR SAYING: "It's not about the economy. We can't just talk about the economy. But it's our pride in being Tunisians that's hurt by being sullied by terrorism in Tunisia." Among the protesters, French tourists who have decided to stay in this former French colony despite the attack. (SOUNDBITE) (French) RETIRED FRENCH TOURIST ALAIN SAYING: "Not only did we stay, but we've come to protest. And we will show our support for the Tunisian people who are right to react forcefully and come together against terrorism." But many DIDN'T stay behind... choosing to leave on an Italian cruise ship bound for Mallorca, Spain. Three of the ship's passengers died in the attack. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) UNIDENTIFIED ITALIAN MALE PASSENGER SAYING: "The cruise just wasn't the same after the attack. It became like a people transporter rather than a cruise. Everyone knew what happened and no one was relaxed." The museum attack appeared squarely aimed at Tunisia's economy. Local politicians say it was designed to terrorize the local community and spread fear among prospective tourists that Tunisia is no longer a safe destination.