Sunday, June 28, 2009

Woman Dies on Camera in Iran

Iranian regime targets family of 'Angel of Freedom' Neda Agha Soltan
Iranian security officials have begun pulling down posters of Neda Agha Soltan, the young woman who has become the face of the country's pro-democracy uprising after her death in Tehran was captured on video.

Relatives said images of Neda Agha Soltan, 27, who has been described as Iran's "Angel of Freedom" after she was shot dead on Saturday, had been targeted by plain-clothed officials.

They had removed any material commemorating the 27-year-old student that had been erected near her home by sympathisers in the Iranian capital.

Miss Agha Soltan was shot in the chest after she joined a protest near Azadi (Freedom) Square. Within hours an Iranian exile in Europe had posted pictures shot on mobile phones online and the scenes have been viewed by millions since.

Relatives said the authorities had insisted Miss Agha Soltan was buried in a cemetery plot reserved for slain "rioters" and that attempts to hold memorial services had been banned.

Hamid Panahi, her friend and music teacher, was with her when she died. He recounted hearing the crack of a bullet before she fell to the ground.

"We were stuck in traffic and we got out and stood to watch, and without her throwing a rock or anything they shot her," he said. "It was just one bullet."

After she fell to the ground, the tourism student cried out in pain. "I'm burning, I'm burning!" Mr Panahi said as he recalled her final words.

Friends who attended a wake at her parents middle-class home in Tehran said they had begged her not to go to the demonstrations, which came a day after Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned he would not take responsibility for bloodshed on the streets.

"I told her, 'Neda, don't go'," said a woman called Golshad. "She said, 'Don't worry. It's just one bullet and it's over'."

It was not the only occasion in which she alluded to the prospect of dying.

Miss Agha Soltan's boyfriend, Caspian Makan, a 37-year-old photojournalist who met her abroad, spoke of his girlfriend's determination to protest in the name of "freedom" as he spoke of his grief.

"Neda had said that even if she lost her life and got a bullet in her heart, she would carry on," said Mr Makan. "Unfortunately, that is how she died, a bullet hit her heart and her lung, and maybe 5 or 6 minutes later, she died."

He added: "She gave a big lesson to everyone even though she was very young.

"She only ever said that she wanted one thing, she wanted democracy and freedom for the people of Iran,"

Mr Panahi said that the student, who had studied philosophy, music and tourism, was not political but sought an outcome to the election which returned the incumbent president, Mahmoud Ahmadnejad, with a stunning 2:1 majority that was demonstrably fair. Opposition candidates have objected to the result claiming the election was rigged.

"She couldn't stand the injustice of it all," he said. "All she wanted was the proper vote of the people to be counted. She wanted to show with her presence that 'I'm here. I also voted. And my vote wasn't counted.' It was a very peaceful act of protest, without any violence."

Tehran's police chief, Azizollah Rajabzadeh, dismissed suggestions that official forces had opened fire on demonstrators with live rounds.

While officials have imposed harsh restrictions on the woman's family, they were not asked as other families of victims claimed for the £1,800 "bullet price" to compensate the state for the cost of the security operation that cost their lives.
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Posted by Learsi1999 on Youtube

As horrible as this is, it seems important to post this. In the Vietnam era, we had television that actually reported news, because journalists were allowed to air images that brought right into living rooms the profound truth of what we were doing over there.

No such transparency now. The internets is the only place where we all can be in touch with the truth of what is happening through direct documentation unmediated by profit motive.

So there it is.

As awful as this is I feel I can't not post it. There is a terrible message for everyone here.

1 comment:

swillgut baconface said...

this is incredible. I wish we could have seen the 10 seconds beforehand. it's not as graphic as the guy getting his head cut off 2-3 years ago. that was really bad.