Octavia Nasr | BIO
CNN Senior Editor, Mideast Affairs
Support and solidarity for Iran's opposition continues to be expressed in many ways and forms around the world. In cities such as New York, Stockholm, Istanbul, Vancouver and Rome, supporters of the Iranian opposition movement have been organizing concerts, demonstrations and hunger strikes.
Iranian enthusiasts have been turning street corners of the world’s major cities into activism centers where people gather and show support for Iranians who continue to dispute results of their presidential elections.
In Tehran today, Iranian police cracked down and dispersed thousands of protesters as they tried to commemorate the 40th day of mourning the death of Iran's icon, Neda Agha Sultan. Neda captured the world when her last moment of life and her death were recorded on a mobile phone camera. For Shiite Islam, the 40th day after death marks the final day of mourning.
Outside Iran, in Los Angeles, around the U.S. and across the world, people followed the news on anti-government radio stations where callers shared their eyewitness accounts of today's developments.
The Internet, and its social media, have become the method through which people remain informed – and can support - the opposition movement inside Iran.
This is where news spread about Italian designer Guillermo Mariotto - who dedicated his fashion show two weeks ago in Rome to the green color of the Iranian opposition. His models wore green wrist bands and he appeared at the end of the show wearing a T-Shirt with the words, “NEDA ALIVE,” in honor of the woman who has become known simply as ‘Neda.’
It’s just one of many ways people are paying homage to the 26-year-old whose death became a symbol of the Iranian opposition, and she became the icon of the people's resistance.
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