Saturday, June 20, 2009

Iran's grief: the act of cowards

This is what authoritarianism does.
This is what happens when the vote, the will of the people, is not treated with respect.
This is its end product.
She died for the freedom of all ordinary people everywhere, because Iranians are doing this for democracy.

Her name, it seems, was Neda. This video has been reproduced many times across the Net. Her father is present as she dies.

This from an eyewitness:

At 19:05 June 20th
Place: Karekar Ave., at the corner crossing Khosravi St. and Salehi st.

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.

Even if Ahmedinajad had won the most votes, which seems unlikely, the Iranian Government has lost its right and authority to govern through the violence of its attack on non-violent demonstrators, including poor Neda.

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