Protest by Tunisian uprising's wounded, kin of 'martyrs'

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.
According to a UN toll, some 300 Tunisians died and 700 were injured during the uprising, which triggered the Arab Spring insurrections that spread to Egypt, Libya, Yemen and other countries.
Injured people and relatives of the dead said Monday that they had not yet received a second batch of promised compensation. On January 16, the government announced further compensation for families.
Some people have already received 10,000 euros ($13,400) for the loss of a family member, while some injured have received 1,500 euros.
"That amount doesn't even suffice for medical care," Lamia Farhani, president of the Association of Families of Martyrs and the Wounded of the Revolution, told AFP.

Tuesday, February 28th 2012

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