The family of Ahmed Ben Ammar Boulâabi, a 32-year-old day laborer, who joined a demonstration on January 8 in the town of Tala. Police first fired tear gas toward the protesters on the Avenue Bourguiba. The commander in charge then warned them to disperse. When the protesters refused, he ordered his forces to fire. Boulâabi was shot at about 9:30 p.m. and died on the spot. The preliminary medical certificate issued by the Tala Hospital, dated January 8, gives the cause of death as a bullet in his abdomen.
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