R.I.P. Neda Agha-Soltan (1982—June 20, 2009)

NEDA: her name means the ‘voice’, or the ‘call’, in Farsi. Her murder by Iranian authorities has made her a martyr, a symbol of defiance against the regime. Nevertheless, what will become of these protests, and will it be anything like the Islamic Revolution of 1979?

A large sector of the original Islamic Revolution was made up of all kinds of political dissidents (not strictly Islamic ones), and they were promised many things by Khomeni, but were betrayed and arrested afterwards. The reality is that people power can fail—like the Tiananmen Square massacre in China, or it can be hijacked like the French Revolution—but either way, it usually means mass oppression and bloodshed.

“Her name was Neda Salehi Agha Soltan and she was a philosophy student. But the manner of her death has turned her into an instant, global symbol of the Iranian regime’s brutality.”

‘Video clip of student’s last breath makes her martyr of Tehran’

23 June, 2009



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