Saturday, June 20, 2009

Graphic video of a woman shot On the Streets of Turan

I'm Sorry for the graphic nature of this image but I feel it's important that we all really understand what is happening.

These people are dying for things we take for granted.

Update Her Name was Neda

and her friend wrote this poem in her honor:

I'm here to tell you my sister died while in her father's hands
I'm here to tell you my sister had big dreams...
I'm here to tell you my sister who died was a decent person... and like me yearned for a day when her hair would be swept by the wind... and like me read "Forough" [Forough Farrokhzad]... and longed to live free and equal... and she longed to hold her head up and announce, "I'm Iranian"... and she longed to one day fall in love to a man with a shaggy hair... and she longed for a daughter to braid her hair and sing lullaby by her crib...

my sister died from not having life... my sister died as injustice has no end... my sister died since she loved life too much... and my sister died since she lovingly cared for people...

my loving sister, I wish you had closed your eyes when your time had come... the very end of your last glance burns my soul....

sister have a short sleep. your last dream be sweet.
via Huffington post

Text from here
A young woman who was standing aside with her father 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 2 minutes.

The protests were going on about 1 kilometers away in the main street and some of the protesting crowd were running from tear gass used among them, towards Salehi St.

The film is shot by my friend who was standing beside me.

Please let the world know.

Video at these link on the Huffington Post (note very disturbing)

scroll down to 2:37 PM ET

with much sadness



Arkonbey said...

Great sadness, but the killers will not prevail.

The Iranian people are used to hardship. They are used to revolution. And now they've had a taste of freedom.

It is a combination that should bring fear to the hearts of the oppressors.

The Moody Minstrel said...

I just saw this video on a link off of Fark. Bloody shocking. I've been following the events in Iran with intense interest. I think we've seen plenty of proof that the people there are fed up and aren't going to take any more. Not without a fight, anyway.

What's surprising is hearing the words coming from the Iranians themselves. I've heard all kinds of things I never knew, such as the fact that supreme religious leader Ayatollah Khamanei, the true top power in the country, technically lacks the qualifications to hold that office. There are higher-ranked Ayatollahs than him in Iran; the problem is that they are more moderate and less fervently anti-Western. The "Islamic Republic" has nothing to do with Islam. It never has and never will. It's a power-hungry fascist regime trying to pretend it's a Muslim democracy.

Don Snabulus said...

Ditto Arkonbey and Moody.

The situation there is rather murky. Mousavi may have been a major player in negotiating with the US (well, the GOP part) during Iran-Contra, so the possibility of various shenanigans is definitely there.

No matter what is happening, I hope Iran does not turn into a hell hole like their neighbor Iraq, especially if we are involved.

It is for that reason I am hesitant to throw my lot in on this one. The protesters definitely deserve freedom and actual democracy, but in a changeable situation such as this, a lot can go wrong. Revolution now may not be the best outcome. On the other hand, regardless of other skullduggery, this may be their best shot. It isn't an easy Yes/No issue.

Seymour Hersh has been talking for a couple years about our covert activities there and he generally turns out to be right. The US hung the dissident Iraqis out to dry after the first Gulf War encouraging them and then standing by while Saddam sent helicopters into the no-fly zone after them. It isn't like it couldn't happen again.

Arkonbey said...

I hope Iran does not turn into a hell hole like their neighbor Iraq

I don't think it can.

1)The big difference is that Iran is a nation with a very strong national identity. Those protesters want to make their nation better.

Iraq was a bunch of separate peoples held together by the iron will of a dictator.

2) Change was inflicted upon Iraq from outside and its fragility was exposed.

Iran is doing this itself. As in America and France in the 18th century, in India and South Africa in the 20th, change is coming from within by the will of a people longing for change.