A Decade After Cops Took Their Eyes, Siliana Victims Still Seek Justice

Mourad Khatoubi, 46, a victim of police birdshot use in Siliana in November 2012, demonstrates in Tunis on December 13, 2021. Photo by Chahd Lina Belhadj.

Over several days in late November 2012, police used birdshot against protesters in Siliana, injuring hundreds of people including demonstrators, journalists covering the demonstration, and bystanders, according to an Amnesty International report at the time. One investigative report by civil society put the number of injured at 178, and at least 20 people lost eyes or sustained severe damage to their eyes.

Victims of police birdshot use in Siliana in November 2012, demonstrates in Tunis on December 13, 2021. Photo by Chahd Lina Belhadj.

Now, a decade later, these people are still calling on authorities to cover their healthcare costs, extend their social benefits, and hold the officials responsible for the use of birdshot accountable.

Hamdi, a victim of police birdshot use in Siliana in November 2012, demonstrates in Tunis on December 13, 2021. Photo by Chahd Lina Belhadj.

“We will continue until the truth is fully revealed, the material and moral compensation for the injured is granted, and whoever was involved in this gets prosecuted,” Faleh Mansouri, one of the birdshot victims and a spokesmen for his fellow victims told Meshkal/Nawaat at a demonstration in front of the Ministry of Justice in Tunis on December 13…

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