Neda Video: Neda Agha-Soltan Becomes Symbol of Protest in Iran
A video of what appears to be the death of a young Iranian woman named Neda Agha-Soltan has appeared on YouTube. Known as the "Neda video" the shocking footage of the Iranian woman being shot has become a symbol of the ongoing protests in Iran since the disputed national elections held on June 12.
More than 20 people have died during protests yesterday over the Iran election. One death, however, seems to have resonated with people around the world, that of Neda Soltan.
According to yet-to-be confirmed online accounts, Neda, a bystander who was watching rather than participating in a protest, was shot by a police or military officer camped out on a nearby rooftop.
Little is known about Neda Soltan. In Farsi, Neda means "the voice" or "the call," a fitting name given the impact of her death video. Indeed, the image of Neda dying on the streets of Iran may be seen as a call to action for many around the world.