[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/meast/06/23/iran.neda.profile/art.neda.jpg caption="Neda Agha-Soltan was gunned down on a Tehran street on June 20."]
Rome is going to name a street after the Neda Agha-Soltan - the slain symbol of Iran's opposition movement.
The city's council voted earlier this month to dub a thoroughfare "Neda Street" on a motion from council member Alessandro Onorato.
The gesture reflects the worldwide sympathy for Iranians who have been jailed, killed or injured protesting last month's controversial presidential election results. Rome's online news outlet has received many messages of support for the move from Italians and others outside the country.
"The street where Neda was killed is already known internationally as 'Neda Street.' I am proud that Rome - capital of peace, tolerance and freedom - will also have its 'Neda Street,'" Onorato said in a news release after the vote was made.
Agha-Soltan, 26, was shot in street protests on June 20. Her last moments were captured on a shaky video, probably shot with a cell phone, and sent out for the world to see. Iranians on Thursday converged on her gravesite in Tehran, Iran, to mourn her death.
Rome officials say the date and location of the street naming is still to be announced and months might go by before this takes place.
Onorato's press office said that officials have begun looking for a
street and don't know whether it will end up being in the central historic center, in the city's periphery, or in a new development.
"Neda will be for Rome a symbol of courage and freedom," Onorato said.
"To name a street after someone means to remember of all of those who have lost their lives or have been imprisoned while asking for freedom and democracy in Iran."
Onorato doubts that the name will have any impact on the Iranian government's actions, but said the purpose of the move is to show Iranians they are not alone in their situation.
The council decision was made on July 9 to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the Iranian student uprising.
"Perhaps this might not be the right opportunity, maybe the regime will through violence and the cruelest of repressions manage to sweep it under the rug," Onorato said. "What matters to me is that the voice of the young Iranians does not remain an isolated one, and that countries, like Italy, send them a clear
message. In the long run, the objective tendencies always work in favor of the forces that fight dictatorship."
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