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June 22nd, 2009
03:27 PM ET

'Neda' becomes rallying cry for Iranian protests

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/meast/06/21/iran.woman.twitter/art.woman.shot.jpg caption="People tend to a woman called Neda as she lies on the street."]

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"RIP NEDA, The World cries seeing your last breath, you didn't die in vain. We remember you."

That Twitter post was from a man who said he is a guitarist from Nashville, Tennessee.

Amid the hundreds of images of Saturday's crackdown on protesters in Iran that were distributed to the world over the Internet, it was the graphic video showing the dying moments of a young woman shot in the heart that touched a nerve for many people around the world.

Like most of the information coming out of Tehran, it is impossible to verify her name, Neda, or the circumstances of her apparent death, which was captured close-up on a bystander's camera.

CNN ran a pixilated version of the video, which was posted on YouTube. Another amateur video captured images of Neda and her father attending what appeared to be a peaceful protest, just moments before the shooting.

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Isabel, Brazil

    I withdraw what I said: unnecessary and disrespectful to put the video on the air

    Why was Neda’s face pixilated in the picture, while in the video it's possible to see her face?

    June 22, 2009 at 9:20 pm |
  2. Mark Avila

    I am outraged by CNN's irresponsible release of the Neda video. To allow the graphic last moments of this poor woman's life and death to be viewed by millions, including children, was nothing less than sensationalist journalisim at the most despicable level. Whichever producer allowed the footage release, should be immediately fired for incompetence, stupidity and lack of foresight. Was any constructive thought or concern given to those who did not have an opportunity to know what was coming because they did not see the "WARNING" blurb? Or for that matter, those who saw the "WARNING," but really did not appreciate how graphic the images would be? Has the ratings battle gotten so bad that CNN must now "shock and awe" its audience to keep them tuned in for more? As for myself, I will not be tuning in to CNN anytime soon!

    June 22, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  3. Isabel, Brazil

    Neda is in the newspapers today with his young face, exposed to our distress.
    What dreams did have Neda? With that dream was for the streets that day, beside the father? Why was her that the shot came?

    The others victims have no face. Neither number. Only now, the regime in Iran is beginning to accept deaths. How many will?

    I hope that death is not in vain and this is not a routine in Iran.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  4. c,ca

    Out of respect for her and her family, please stop showing that video/photo of her. We've all seen it – it's horrible – let her rest in peace.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  5. Beatrice

    The first time I saw the video on CNN, I had tears in my eyes. My thoughts go to Neda and her family.

    I admire the people of Iran's courage! When I watch their protests I realized that despite the most recent tragic events in the world and the divisions we (human beings of this world) are closer than we think we are. We all want our freedom, peace, and a safe place to raise our children. Sometimes I wish our politicians would be more careful with the terms they use when they talk about countries we have conflicts with. In this case we are in disagreement with the government of Iran and not with its people. We make that mistake often and we end up demonizing the other side...

    June 22, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  6. Isabel, Brazil

    Others died, but Neda is in the newspapers today with his young face, exposed to our distress.

    What dreams did have Neda? With that dream was for the streets that day, beside the father? Why was her that the shot came?

    The others victims have no face. Neither number. Only now, the regime in Iran is beginning to accept deaths. How many will? They remain faceless.

    Modern times ... While the new social medias help, they are cruel when such scenes are showing across the internet.

    The two minutes are almost endless, they make us cry and show the stupidity of depressants militia in Iran.

    Very elegant and human the means of communication
    that are not showing the face of Neda, but unfortunately not all are doing this.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  7. kiana

    i have been there many times growing up as a child being born in America traveling many places and being brought up with proper respect for others.
    never in my life have i been pushed to the limits being a 16 year old have i seen such horror on my people of irans faces.

    speaking for many others and for Neda her spirit is with us leading on in iran to fight what they call them self's a government.
    every one sitting in there house in iran they all need to pile out all at once as we try to make a difference
    dear president Obama
    look back on the past after shah our king was kicked out
    and see how much grief women and men of iran go through and have been going through
    when do you think it is time for a change?

    i ask you this
    how much more till our government wakes up and realizes Iran needs help?
    the government of IRAN DOES NOT CARE ABOUT THE INNOCENT PEOPLE THEY are not even true original Iranians

    this is a mockery they make of us.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  8. Josh A.

    This and other incidents like it are the kind of momentous events that can spark a huge flame and change a nation... We will never forget them. We only ask the question: why does this have to be the cost it takes to spur people to act?

    Seeing this makes us in the U.S. just want to do something... anything... to stop the violence and help these people. But change has to come from within Iran, by Iranians. I commend them for not backing down and for standing up against the blatant violations of human rights that are going on there.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  9. Cindy

    I actually saw this video on CNN several times and Neda's face was not pixilated out. You all showed the whole thing.

    It's sad that such a young life was lost for just trying to protest an election. That is crazy! No one deserves to be shot down in cold blood for that. Hopefully she didn't die in vain and there will be changes made for the Iranian people...if not more of a democracy then maybe better laws for women.

    Cindy...Ga.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:41 pm |

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