Abbas, another unknown of the revolution

During a month of protest against his dictatorial regime, the former president Zine el Abidine Ben Ali was forced to flee Tunisia to Saudi Arabia along with his wife Leila and their three children, on 14 January 2011.

The days following, Tunisia has experienced a political vacuum where instability and rumors about snipers who killed civilians, have spread throughout the country. Dozens of civilians and security forces members were mistakenly killed by  the Tunisian army during the curfew.

On the night of January 16, 2011, Abbas Boughanmi (22) a policeman and his lieutenant, were called to protect a house belonging to the family of the former president’s wife, which was ransacked by the angry people.

On the way back they were killed in a squad car at Soukra, northern suburbs of Tunis. The incident was put down to a military error.

Tunisia commemorated the 4th anniversary of the Tunisian revolution, but Boughanmi’s family is still looking for justice and wants that the soldiers who killed her son to be condemned by justice.