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    Case against Fedia Hamdi is dropped by the Bouazizi family

    By Zied Mhirsi | Apr 19 2011 Share on Linkedin Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Share on pinterest Print


    (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.  The family says it is a gesture of tolerance, and an effort
    to heal wounds suffered in Tunisia’s upheaval of recent months.

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