Iranian Basij Kills Young Woman (Neda Agha-Soltan)


WARNING: A girl dies in this video. If that’s too much for you to handle, don’t watch it. I come close to tears when I see it, and I’m a cynical bastard.

In this video a young woman named Neda Agha-Soltan dies on a Tehran street from a gunshot wound. Reportedly she was killed by the Basij, an Iranian paramilitary group. Sources inside Iran claim that 30 to 40 people have been killed in today’s protests in Tehran.

“At 19:05 June 20th Place: Kargar Ave., at the corner crossing Khosravi St. and Salehi st. A young woman who was standing aside with her father [was later identified as her music teacher] watching the protests was shot by a basij member hiding on the rooftop of a civilian house. He had clear shot at the girl and could not miss her. However, he aimed straight her heart. I am a doctor, so I rushed to try to save her. But the impact of the gunshot was so fierce that the bullet had blasted inside the victim’s chest, and she died in less than 2 minutes. The protests were going on about 1 kilometers away in the main street and some of the protesting crowd were running from tear gas used among them, towards Salehi St. The film is shot by my friend who was standing beside me. Please let the world know.” — Note accompanying the video.

According to the UK’s Guardian newspaper (06/29/09):

“The Iranian authorities have ordered the family of Neda Agha Soltan out of their Tehran home after shocking images of her death were circulated around the world.”

“Neighbours said that her family no longer lives in the four-floor apartment building on Meshkini Street, in eastern Tehran, having been forced to move since she was killed. The police did not hand the body back to her family, her funeral was cancelled, she was buried without letting her family know and the government banned mourning ceremonies at mosques, the neighbours said.”

“We just know that they [the family] were forced to leave their flat,” a neighbour said. The Guardian was unable to contact the family directly to confirm if they had been forced to leave.”

According to the UK’s Times newspaper (01/08/10):

“Supporters of the Iranian Government have for a second time desecrated the grave of Neda Soltan, the student whose shooting during a street demonstration last June made her a worldwide symbol of the opposition.”

“Photographs obtained by The Times show that the black marble slab on which her face is engraved has been pockmarked by bullets even though security agents guard the grave around the clock to prevent it from becoming a martyr’s shrine.”

“Ms Soltan’s family put the new tombstone in place on December 14 after the previous one was smashed in mid-November. Her parents discovered the fresh damage on December 31 …”

Neda Agha-Soltan

R.I.P.
Neda Agha-Soltan
1982 – 2009
Murdered by Iranian Regime

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