Who was neda? (Voice of Iran)

June 24, 2009

In my last blog post I put two videos of a girl’s death scene whom was shot to dead by government religious militia (Basij). That post became very controversial. And few people objected me why I put these videos here. However I think there is no need to answer them here again because other friends replied them perfectly but I think it better to write a little more about that.

That girl’s name was Neda (Neda agha sultan) her name in Persian means voice or sound and I think she really became a big voice for us a voice that a world heard her. a beautiful symbol for our protest and people whom have been killed in this way. In my previous post I just tried amplify this voice as much as I can maybe more people can hear it .she was almost 27 (as old as me) and studied philosophy ( I love philosophy too and even once I could get master degree in philosophy of science and …).

So when I read these new info I felt more sympathy became more sad. I don’t know exactly about her beliefs but it s not far from mind that she was atheist, agnostic or just not Muslim . One time I had an online friend her father was a mullah but she had studied philosophy and she had left Islam. Nowadays I see some people in Iran who just believe in a god but their god Is not allah or jesus or … however I mentioned these things but even if I was sure that she was Muslim this event wouldn’t be different for me because it is obvious that she was a defenseless innocent human who was killed only for her quest for freedom. If there s holiness freedom is the only holy thing for me.

BBC Persian has interviewed with her fiancé Kaspin Makan. Here I have translated some part of it to English:

Mr Makan : “Neda’s goal wasn’t Mosavi or Ahmadinjad her goal was her country and it was important for her to walk in this way. She had mentioned many times even if she loose her life and get shot in her heart – incidentally the bullet hurt her heart – she would continue this way. Young Neda taught a big lesson to many people.”

Mr Makan said about that day : “when it happened Neda was far from the center of involvements she had been sitting in car with her Music master in traffic when she left the car because of hot air and tiredness. upon images that people have sent basiji militia (with ordinary clothe) shot to her heart ”

Mr Makan added “finally with many problems we could get her body yesterday ”… “we buried her in a part of Besht Zahra. They had brought some other victims of these events to bury there. It seemed that they had allocated that part for these people” !!!

Mr Makan commented about preventing of the ceremony “we had a plan to have a ceremony for her at Monday 2:30 in a mosque but Basijs and mosque didn’t allow us because they knew that people have gotten very sad and they predicted a large number of people would present. Now we have no permission to hold up a public ceremony ”

then Mr Makan has commented about some faked images on internet which want to make a relationship between her and Mosavi’s fans and he said about it“she was very close to me she was not a fan of each of these two groups she wanted freedom. Freedom for all”




    Every boy wants to go up on the
    roof and fly. Some of them are
    actually dumb enough to do it.
    They tie capes around their thin
    shoulders and wait for a divine
    breath to lift them and take them
    away. Where is it that boys who
    fear women more than they fear
    heights want to go? Some of them
    believe that death is martyrdom.

    They are just hoping for wings, but the
    air is for birds and the dead who
    have walked in kindness on the earth.

    When there is no wind, the boys
    play with their guns. They aim
    at singing birds, imagining they
    have the power to stop the sound
    of freedom and flight. Sometimes
    they shoot girls, aiming at the heart
    because they are afraid of love.

    At the corner of Khosavi and Salehi
    Streets in Tehran the basij shooter,
    a boy in a coward’s cape, aimed
    at the ancient heart of Persia, its
    poetry and music – at Neda, the
    song of her people. What the boy
    didn’t know is that you can’t kill
    a song. Natarsid. Neda may lie still,
    but she still sings like the bird with
    a thorn in its heart; her voice the
    voice of millions led by her music
    teacher. Natarsid. Natarsid. Mah
    hamed bah ham hastim. Courage.
    Courage. We are all together.

    Linda Rogers-poet laureate, Victoria BC

  2. My heart goes out to the people of Iran, and to those who knew and loved Neda. May the light of freedom shine brightly in your country and bring you the peace and justice you seek.

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