TUNIS, Tunisia – Thousands of Tunisians demonstrated Saturday night in front of their national assembly kicking off a week of planned protests to call for the resignation of the Islamist-led government.

The assassination of a left-wing politician in July — the second such killing in five months — has plunged the country into a political crisis with the opposition accusing the government of failing to maintain security or restart the economy.

A coalition of opposition parties, known as the National Salvation Front, is calling for a new government of technocrats to run the country and organize new elections.

“We tried you, you failed, now leave,” chanted protesters in the first demonstration of what is being called the “week of departure” for the government.

The protest began with a rendition of the national anthem led by the dozens of opposition members of the assembly that have frozen their participation in the elected body in protest of the government.