By Zied Mhirsi | Apr 19 2011
(Tunisia Live) A court in Tunisia, has dropped charges against a policewoman whose dispiute with a fruit and vegetable seller, sparked an uprising that toppled a dictator. Fedia Hamdi, was accused of slapping Mohamed Bouzizi in December last year. An act that was so humiliating, the young man doused himself in gasoline, setting himself alight in front of the Governor’s office in his home town of Sidi Bouzid. It was his protest and his subsequent death that led to a wave of protests not only in Sidi Bouzid but in towns around the country. Tunisians were angry about unemployment, corruption, and years of repression. Four weeks later, on January 14th, the protests forced President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his wife Leila Trabelsi to flee the country. According to the Tunisian State News Agency TAP, the case against Fedia Hamdi has been closed after the family of Mohamed Bouazizi withdrew the original complaint.Â The family says it is a gesture of tolerance, and an effort to heal wounds suffered in Tunisia’s upheaval of recent months.