Saturday, June 27, 2009

Neda - Icon of a beaten down revolution

She was sixteen...or no, maybe 27, or was it 26? Her name was Neda Agha Soltan. She was demonstrating on the streets of Teheran...or did she merely get out of her car, because the airco was malfunctioning? In the past week many facts have been circulating the Internet, but it is hard to find out what is true and what is not. What we can say is that Neda has become the face of a protesting nation. No journalist was needed to turn her into that face. The film in which she got killed went around the world and was made with a mobile phone and burst into the world through YouTube, Twitter, Facebook etc..She has grown into a symbol of demonstrators around the world. Her face and her cruel death will live in the minds and hearts of the people of Iran and the world for a long time. Just like the face of Kim Phuc, during the Vietnam-war and the man who stopped several tanks during the june-protest in Beijing in 1989.

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