Faida Hamdy

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Faida Hamdy (born 1966) was a Tunisian municipal inspector who contributed to the outbreak of the Tunisian revolution.[1]

Bouazizi case[edit]

Faida Hamdy is a municipal inspector who confiscated a vegetable stall and allegedly slapped its owner, Mohamed Bouazizi, on the face.[2] To show his discontent, Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire. This event brought about the downfall of the previous Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and contributed to the onset of Arab revolutions.[3]

In December 2010, Hamdy was detained by the police shortly after the incident.[1] According to her, she did not slap him, she just confiscated his fruit stall and his weighing scales with the help of her co-workers.[4]

Several lawyers were opposed to defending Hamdy, but Besma Innasri volunteered to defend her. On April 19, 2011, Hamdy was declared innocent during the first hearing session.[5] Hamdy was acquitted of all charges after 111 days of imprisonment.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Faida Hamdy is the daughter of Myriam and Taher Hamdy (a former policeman).[7] Her brother, Faouzi Hamdi, is a teacher and an UGTT member.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Woman who triggered the Arab Spring 5 years ago speaks out". nytimes. 2015.
  2. ^ Karadsheh, By Ivan Watson and Jomana. "The Tunisian fruit seller who kickstarted Arab uprising". Retrieved 2017-09-11.
  3. ^ "This is the woman who blames herself for the Arab Spring". The Independent. 2015-12-17. Retrieved 2017-09-11.
  4. ^ Addala, Radhouane (2015-12-17). "'I started the Arab Spring. Now death is everywhere, and extremism blooming'". ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2017-09-11.
  5. ^ "Q&A: Tunisian policewoman who "slapped" Bouazizi says "I was scapegoated by Ben Ali" - Region - World - Ahram Online". english.ahram.org.eg. Retrieved 2017-09-11.
  6. ^ "Freedom for Faida Hamdi". CNN iReport. Retrieved 2017-09-11.
  7. ^ "Fayda Hamdi, celle qui avait giflé Mohamed Bouaziz". LeQuotidien (in French). Retrieved 2017-09-11.
  8. ^ "La révolution de la gifle". Libération.fr (in French). Retrieved 2017-09-11.