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I am not crying. I am not crying. I am not even FUCKING WATCHING THIS. Ya Neda!!!

22 June 2009 by Mike Gogulski
Posted in crime, war | 8 Comments »

Neda Soltani

Neda Soltani

(YouTube video comment by witness)

shery630

June 20, 2009

Place: Karekar Ave., at the corner crossing Khosravi St. and Salehi st. (Tehran)

A young woman who was standing aside with her father 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 gass used among them, towards Salehi St.

The film is shot by my friend who was standing beside me.

Please let the world know.

Neda Sultani

Neda Soltani

From Facebook:

Neda Soltani (1982 – 20th June 2009; age 26–27) was an young Iranian woman whose killing, allegedly by Basij militia during the 2009 Iranian election protests, was captured on video by bystanders. The graphic videos were posted on the Internet, and her name quickly became a rallying cry for the opposition.

Neda means “voice” or “calling” in Persian, and she has been referred to as the “voice of Iran” and “a symbol” of this revolution taking place right now. Ya Neda, Ya Neda…. Ya Neda.

  1. 8 Responses to “I am not crying. I am not crying. I am not even FUCKING WATCHING THIS. Ya Neda!!!”

  2. By Arto Bendiken on 23 June 2009

    See also an interview with Neda’s fiance and Who is Neda? which has perhaps the best photo.

  3. By Arto Bendiken on 23 June 2009

    Caspian Makan tells BBC Persian TV about the circumstances of Neda’s death:

    “She was near the area, a few streets away, from where the main protests were taking place, near the Amir-Abad area. She was with her music teacher, sitting in a car and stuck in traffic. She was feeling very tired and very hot. She got out of the car for just for a few minutes. And that’s when it all happened. That’s when she was shot dead. Eyewitnesses and video footage of the shooting clearly show that probably Basij paramilitaries in civilian clothing deliberately targeted her. Eyewitnesses said they clearly targeted her and she was shot in the chest. She passed away within a few minutes. People tried to take her to the nearest hospital, the Shariati hospital. But it was too late. We worked so hard to get the authorities to release her body. She was taken to a morgue outside Tehran. The officials from the morgue asked if they could use parts of her corpse for body transplants for medical patients. They didn’t specify what exactly they intended to do. Her family agreed because they wanted to bury her as soon as possible. We buried her in the Behesht-e-Zahra cemetery in southern Tehran. They asked us to bury her in this section where it seemed the authorities had set aside spaces for graves for those killed during the violent clashes in Tehran last week. On Monday afternoon, we had planned to hold a memorial service at the mosque. But the authorities there and the paramilitary group, the Basij, wouldn’t allow it because they were worried it would attract unwanted attention and they didn’t want anymore trouble. The authorities are aware that everybody in Iran and throughout the whole world knows about her story. So that’s why they didn’t want a memorial service. They were afraid that lots people could turn up at the event. So as things stand now, we are not allowed to hold any gatherings to remember Neda.”

  4. By Mike Gogulski on 23 June 2009

    Thanks for the linkage, Arto, and for the transcript. I find it really hard to look. I absolutely lost my shit yesterday after watching the video a couple of times and thinking about it just a little bit. What the people in Iran, and those close to her and the other victims must be going through is beyond my comprehension.

  5. By Arto Bendiken on 23 June 2009

    I know. The video of her death will haunt me for a long time.

    If I were a billionaire with a conscience instead of a mere code monkey, I’d manufacture Liberators by the million and airdrop them into Iran.

    Mike, please add this photo to the page (it’s very safe to see):

    http://weareallneda.com/images/neda_agha-soltan.jpg

  6. By Mike Gogulski on 23 June 2009

    Due to someone submitting a complaint to Charles Johnson via his anarchoblogs.org aggregator that the woman in the headscarf originally pictured was not the Neda Soltani killed in the video, and because I lack better information, I’ve pulled that picture and replaced it with the one you linked to, Arto — actually, I was doing that when you posted your comment.

    Never knew about the Liberator, but that’s a damned fine concept. This deer gun looks even more interesting, though likely harder to mass-manufacture.

  7. By Arto Bendiken on 23 June 2009

    Yes – and the Deer Gun isn’t the latest word, many people have built concepts and hardware since then. A friend of mine designed something called the Fabrifle, essentially a modern equivalent and then some.

    Paladin Press also has a wide range of resources on DIY guns. Perhaps it would be more feasible to smuggle pirated copies of those books past the Iranian government’s Internet border and choke point than to finance actual hardware? Hmm.

    (And by the way, for gun-curious readers, John Ross’s Unintended Consequences is to gun rights what Atlas Shrugged was to rational self-interest. I think it was the Warsaw Ghetto uprising that convinced me.)

  8. By Mike Gogulski on 23 June 2009

    If someone were to air-drop copies of 2 or 3 of the better books from that collection on me, I’d scan the lot and then host torrents and FTP access to the scanned pages. Someone else might pick that up and OCR the text, someone might follow by doing corrections on the OCR’d stuff, and then I’d host the resulting text. Someone still else could then translate it all to Farsi.

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