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The footage of the death of Neda Agha-Soltan[6] (Persianندا آقا سلطان - Nedā Āġā Soltān; January 23, 1982 – June 20, 2009) drew international attention after she was killed during the 2009 Iranian election protests.[7] Her death was captured on video by bystanders and broadcast over the Internet[8] and the video became a rallying point for the reformist opposition.[8] It was described as "probably the most widely witnessed death in human history".[9] Nedā (ندا) is a word used in Persian to mean "voice", "calling," or "divine message," and she has been referred to as the "voice of Iran."[10][11][12] Her death became iconic in the struggle of Iranian protesters against what they said was the fraudulent election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Circumstances of Death:
On June 20, 2009, at around 6:30 p.m., Neda Agha-Soltan was sitting in her Peugeot 206 in traffic on Kargar Avenue in the city ofTehran.[8] She was accompanied by her music teacher and close friend, Hamid Panahi, and two others, who remain unidentified.[13][14]The four were on their way to participate in the protests against the outcome of the 2009 Iranian presidential election.[15] The car's air conditioner was not working well, so she stopped her car some distance from the main protests and got out on foot to escape the heat. She was standing and observing the sporadic protests in the area when she was shot in the chest.[16]

As captured on amateur video,[8] she collapsed to the ground and was tended to by a doctor, her music teacher, and others from the crowd. Someone in the crowd around her shouted, "She has been shot! Someone, come and take her!"[17] The videos were accompanied by a message from a doctor, later identified as Dr. Arash Hejazi, who said he had been present during the incident (but has since fled Iran out of fear of government reprisals):[18]

"At 19:05 June 20th Place: Kargar Ave., at the corner crossing Khosravi St. and Salehi st. A young woman who was standing aside with her father [sic, later identified as her music teacher] 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 two minutes. The protests were going on about one kilometre away in the main street and some of the protesting crowd were running from tear gas used among them, towards Salehi St. The film is shot by my friend who was standing beside me."[2]

Her last words were, "I'm burning, I'm burning!"[14] She died en route to Tehran's Shariati hospital.[19]

Hejazi, standing one metre away from her when she was shot, tried to staunch her wound with his hands. Hejazi said nearby members of the crowd pulled a man from his motorcycle while shouting: "We got him, we got him," disarmed him, obtained his identity card and identified him as a member of the Basij militia (government paramilitary). The militiaman, identified as Abbas Kargar Javid, (Persianعباس کارگر جاوید - Abbās Kārgar Jāvɪd)[20] was shouting, "I didn't want to kill her." The protesters let him go, but they kept the alleged killer's identity card and took many photographs of him.[3] A recent documentary on the shooting contained a previously unseen clip of demonstrators capturing the militiaman seconds after the shooting.


The videos spread across the internet virally, quickly gaining the attention of international media and viewers.[22] Discussions about the incident on Twitter, using a hashtag of #neda, became one of the "'trending topics'" by the end of the day on June 20, 2009.[8] The incident was not originally reported by the state-controlled Iranian media, but was instead first reported on by international media. The video has been shown on CNN and other news networks.[citation needed]

There are three videos depicting her death. One shows her collapsing to the ground, apparently still conscious.[23] The second shows her only after she appears to lose consciousness and begins to bleed heavily.[24][25] The third shows her just as she begins to bleed profusely. It can be seen here: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=b1d_1276271267

In the first video, the cameraman approaches a group of people huddled together in front of a parked car at the side of the street. As he moves closer, she can be seen collapsing to the pavement with a large bloodstain at her feet. Two men, Hamid Panahi and Arash Hejazi, are seen trying to revive her. The elderly Panahi was initially assumed to be her father, but later confirmed to be her music teacher.[19] As seconds pass, her eyes roll to one side and she appears to lose consciousness. Blood begins to pour from her nose and mouth, and screams are heard.[23]

In the second video, the cameraman approaches her and the two men; the camera passes over them and centers on her face; her stare is blank and she is bleeding profusely from her nose and mouth. Loud screaming can be heard.[24]

The man next to her can apparently be heard speaking in the first video, saying her name:

"Neda, don't be afraid. Neda, don't be afraid. [obscured by others yelling] Neda, stay with me. Neda stay with me!"[23]

The videos were awarded the George Polk Award for Videography for 2009.[26][27][28]

On Monday 14 June 2010 [29], is the public release date of the documentary film For Neda by British film maker Antony Thomas[30]

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review by . June 13, 2010
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Be it accident or be it the critical mass consciousness, I came across this video yesterday. It is said to be officially released tomorrow but it is now distributed through Youtube in English, Farsi and Arabic so as to avoid censorship by the Iranian government.      The true story of Neda, a young Iranian woman shot about a year ago during a protest on the street. It reveals the political situation in Iran but it more accurately shed light on a woman's quest for freedom. …
Quick Tip by . June 12, 2010
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When a voice speaks and not only the entire country heard it but the entire world comes to hear about it, then that is what makes communication and the tool of communication powerful. Citizen journalism came to live in Iran last June and it is still spreading across the world. Neda is an inspiration for all, especially for women who are all fighting for their freedom!
Quick Tip by . June 12, 2010
An excellent documentary by HBO which details the circumstances surrounding Neda's death last year during the Iranian election. It is THE voice that calls out to the world in her & Iranian people struggle with freedom. You can watch the entire 1 hour documentary and get an indepth perspective on Iran. A must-watch for all who are concerned with humanity and freedom!
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