The Mother of Mohamed Bouazizi Speaks to the Mothers of the Libyan Martyrs

The family of Mohamed Bouazizi, the young Tunisian from Sidi Bouzid whose act of self-immolation triggered the Tunisian Revolution, has a message for the families in Libya who have lost their loved ones to the violent repression of protesters.  Bouazizi, a 26-year-old street vendor, set himself on fire on 17 December 2010 after police abused and humiliated him.  He died of his burns on 4 January 2011.  Menobia Bouazizi, Mohamed’s mother, recorded this message for their families.  Her family sent the video to Al Jazeera.

Menobia Bouazizi: The mothers of the martyrs, may God Almighty give you strength and patience.  I tell the people of Libya: May God help you.  I hope you will get everything you wish for.  God willing, Libya will be a free country.  We hope your dictator will leave, just as Ben Ali has left.

This video was released by Al Jazeera on 22 February 2011.

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