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Uploaded on Jun 24, 2009
In memory of Neda Agha Soltan. an Iranian woman whose killing on 20th June 2009, allegedly by Basij militia during the Iranian election protests, Neda was the middle child and only daughter of a family of three children.Her father is a civil servant and her mother is a homemaker.She studied islamic philosophy at Azad University and worked at a travel agency. She studied Turkish, hoping it would someday aid her as a guide for foreign tours. She enjoyed traveling, and had visited Dubai, Thailand and Turkey. It was in Turkey, two months prior to her death, that she met her fiancé, 37 year old Caspian Makan, who worked as a photojournalist in Tehran.Neda studied singing privately and had studied the violin. She had an as-yet-undelivered piano on order at the time of her death. In discussions with journalists, Makan maintained that Neda was not very political and had not supported any particular candidate in the 2009 Iran elections. Friends of Neda described her as a relatively apolitical person, but that anger over the election results prompted her to join the protest.Her music teacher, Hamid Panahi, who was accompanying Neda during the protest and can be seen on the video trying to comfort the dying woman, told the media: "She couldn't stand the injustice of it." Panahi went on to state: "All she wanted was the proper vote of the people to be counted. She wanted to show with her presence that, 'I'm here, I also voted, and my vote wasn't counted'. It was a very peaceful act of protest, without any violence." On June 20, 2009, at around 6:30 pm, Neda was shot during a protest against the outcome of the 2009 Iranian presidential election. Now she is the symbol of freedom for Iran!!