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Tunisian court closes Mohamed Bouazizi case at centre of Arab protests

A Tunisian court has dropped charges against a policewoman whose dispute with a fruit vendor sparked a chain of events that unleashed uprisings around the Arab world.
The state news agency TAP said the case against Fedia Hamdi was closed after the vendor’s family withdrew its original complaint. The family says it acted in a gesture of tolerance and an effort to heal wounds suffered in Tunisia's upheaval of recent months.
The case was at the heart of what has become a season of protests against autocratic leaders stretching across Arab countries from Yemen to Morocco.
Hamdi was accused of slapping vendor Mohamed Bouazizi in December in the provincial town of Sidi Bouzid. Bouazizi’s wares were confiscated on the grounds that he did not have a permit. [read more]
Above: Former Tunisian President Ben Ali (left) visits Mohamed Bouazizi (right) in the hospital. Bouaziz set himself on fire after authorities confiscated his vendor stand. He died on January 4, 2011. Credit: AFP

Tunisian court closes Mohamed Bouazizi case at centre of Arab protests

A Tunisian court has dropped charges against a policewoman whose dispute with a fruit vendor sparked a chain of events that unleashed uprisings around the Arab world.

The state news agency TAP said the case against Fedia Hamdi was closed after the vendor’s family withdrew its original complaint. The family says it acted in a gesture of tolerance and an effort to heal wounds suffered in Tunisia's upheaval of recent months.

The case was at the heart of what has become a season of protests against autocratic leaders stretching across Arab countries from Yemen to Morocco.

Hamdi was accused of slapping vendor Mohamed Bouazizi in December in the provincial town of Sidi Bouzid. Bouazizi’s wares were confiscated on the grounds that he did not have a permit. [read more]

Above: Former Tunisian President Ben Ali (left) visits Mohamed Bouazizi (right) in the hospital. Bouaziz set himself on fire after authorities confiscated his vendor stand. He died on January 4, 2011. Credit: AFP

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