Abbas, Another Unknown of The Revolution

After a month (December 17, 2010 – January 14, 2011) of popular uprising against his dictatorial regime, Tunisia’s president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, fled Tunisia on January 14, 2011, and took refuge in Saudi Arabia.

The days following the dictator fled, Tunisia has experienced a political vacuum where insecurity, instability and rumours about snipers who would have killed innocent civilians, have spread through the country.

During the uprising violently repressed by the police, more than 300 innocent citizens that Tunisian people will call « Martyrs », have been killed, and hundreds have been injured.

However the popular memory still forgets that security forces members were also killed during the uprising.

On the night of January 16, 2011, Abbas Boughanmi (22), a police officer and his lieutenant have been called to protect a house belonging to relatives of Ben Ali’s wife ransacked by angry people.

On the way back they have been shot dead in the car at Soukra, Northern suburbs of Tunis. The incident was put down to a military error.

January 16, 2015, Tunisia has just commemorated the 4th anniversary of its revolution, but Boughanmi’s family is still awaiting justice for her son’s death and want the killer to be brought to justice.