Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Neda ندا : In life apolitical, in death a symbol of resistance

In a death seen around the world, a symbol of Iranian protests
It was hot in the car, so the young woman and her singing instructor got out for a breath of fresh air on a quiet side street not far from the antigovernment protests they had ventured out to attend. A gunshot rang out, and the woman, Neda Agha-Soltan, fell to the ground. “It burned me,” she said before she died.

The bloody video of her death on Saturday, circulated in Iran and around the world, has made Ms. Agha-Soltan, a 26-year-old who relatives said was not political, an instant symbol of the antigovernment movement.

Her death is stirring wide outrage in a society that is infused with the culture of martyrdom . . . .


Blogger Patrick S. O'Donnell said...

An informative and moving introduction to the individual, Neda Agha-Soltan, is found in today's Los Angeles Times: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-iran-neda23-2009jun23,0,366975,full.story

6/23/2009 8:50 AM  

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