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Good bye Neda. In death, you live in the hearts of millions. 1

Posted on June 25, 2009 by jimparedes

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On June 20, 2009, at around 6:30 PM, Neda Agha-Soltan was sitting in her Peugeot 206 in traffic on Kargar Avenue in the city of Tehran, accompanied by her music teacher and close friend, Hamid Panahi, and two others, who remain unidentified. The four were on their way to participate in the protests against the outcome of the 2009 Iranian presidential election. Having gotten out of the car, whose air conditioner was not working well, in order to escape the heat, she was standing and observing the mass protests when she was allegedly targeted and shot in the chest by plain-clothes Basij paramilitaries who were attempting to subdue the protesters.

Someone accompanying Agha-Soltan shouted in Persian, “She has been shot! Someone, come and take her!

Her death was captured on amateur video; clips uploaded to Facebook and YouTube[] depict Neda Agha-Soltan collapsing to the ground, being tended to, and dying. The videos spread across the internet virally, quickly gaining the attention of worldwide media and viewers.

She was not given a proper burial. Her corpse was confiscated by the government and all mourning for her was banned. Her family has been forced out of their apartment ad are now in hiding.

This page is a tribute to the new icon of Iranian freedom and women’s emancipation all over the world. I predict Neda will be the new Che Guevarra. Her avatar will be a symbol of protest in this new age.


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