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
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.