Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Neda - the tragic symbol of the rebellion in Iran

I should warn you that the video footage below, depicting the death of a young Iranian woman at a demonstration in Iran is very, very distressing -I could not stop crying when watching it.

The young woman in the clip, Neda, was shot dead while being caught up a protest with a companion in Tehran on Saturday. A Facebook group created to mourn her calls her "The Angel of Iran". Others called her "Iran's Joan of Arc". Thousands of people inside and outside Iran have written online tributes to the woman, many condemning the government and praising her as a martyr.
One message on Twitter said: "Neda is everyone's sister, everyone's daughter, everyone's voice for freedom." Neda - the name means "the call" or "the voice" - died during protests over the re-election of hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on June 12.


Ewarwoowar said...

Almost impossible to watch, particularly at the end when it seems she's staring at the camera.

The situation in Iran is obviously an awful one, it's been brewing there for many years. What can you do? No-one would risk another Iraq, and besides they are far more powerful than Saddam ever was. At the moment, it seems all the world can do is watch on in horror.

Moggs Tigerpaw said...

A good reason to separate state and religion.

One they understood in Philadelphia over 2 centuries ago. One the founders of the Turkish state understood.

Unfortunately the founders of the current Iranian state thought differently.