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Neda Agha Soltan (Image may shock)

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Her name was Neda Agha Soltan, and she was on her way home from university.  On the way the car she was travelling in was caught up in a demonstration and, fatally, she got out of the car to watch.  A security marksman took aim and ended her life with a bullet to the chest.


All of this was captured on camera and rapidly e-mailed to friends in Holland who posted it around the world.  In a heartbeat she became a martyr for Iranian freedom.

This horrifying incident came after the recent Presidential elections were hotly disputed with claims of vote-rigging by the ruling Government.   Rioting and violence followed and the carnage has been flashed all over the television and internet.  Will this be the start of a new Iranian revolution?  We will watch and wait.


Written by Nick Gilmartin

June 24, 2009 at 9:09 am

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  1. I’m deeply affected by the death of Neda on video. On the one hand I feel like a voyeur to a moment most intimate. On the other hand this video may be the most effective means of conveying the black heart of the so-called Islamic Republic of Iran.

    I’ve seen death in real life, yet this is almost too much to bear. The way she looks at the camera makes me feel like she’s looking me in the eye. Like she’s imploring me to do something. Or imploring me to look away.

    The death of Neda is now film as history, like Zapruder’s film of the JFK assassination. Its more than just a record of history, it will define history. Irrespective of whether the protesters succeed or not, she’ll always remain emblematic of the struggle. The West will either see her as a martyr to change or fascism.

    re: turn on

    June 25, 2009 at 12:38 am

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