Tunisia forgotten revolution victims protest to demand justice

TUNIS – Several dozen injured people and relatives of those killed during the Tunisian revolution on Monday held a protest outside the Defence Ministry to demand compensation and justice.

Denouncing what they called the “unkept promises” of the government and the slow progress of the courts in convicting killers, the demonstrators held up photographs of their relatives and demanded compensation.

“Let the killers and those who gave the orders be tried and let the government show its good faith,” called out the father of Mohamed, one of the victims of the four-week uprising that ended on January 14, 2011, when President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia.

The military courts have yet to hand down any verdicts on those accused of killing “the martyrs of the revolution” in the north African country, while trials against Ben Ali and his senior aides for their roles in cracking down on the uprising are still under way.

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