June '09 - Her Name Was Neda.
I had a
bit of a shocking experience today one that I
was unprepared for.
been a lot on the news recently about
protests in Iran, something about their
elections being fiddled and the wrong person
being elected. There were protests about it
and people being shot dead. There was an
Iranian comedian in the UK on television
talking about it and saying both candidates
were bad men and the one that didn't get
elected was only slightly less bad than the
one that did. It's not something that I had
any interest in, to me Iran was just another
country similar to Iraq, I never even knew
they had elections.
been a lot of news reports on YouTube that
Iranians have uploaded themselves but I still
had no interest so never looked.
uploading a silly clip from a movie onto my
YouTube channel and glanced at YouTube's home
page. There's a section called Featured
Videos and there was a clip from CNN news
called Her Name Was Neda, I clicked on it and
it was about the Iranian protests so I was
going to stop it but then I saw something
shocking which is why I posted this blog
post the link directly but if you go to
YouTube there are lots of the very same clip,
some are in the context of a news report and
some aren't, some don't even have a warning
about its content.
video starts with a woman laying on the
ground during a protest and there's a lot of
chaos and people all around her trying to
help her. She looks conscious and is staring
at the person filming but her eyes look in
shock. It's clear that she's been shot but
there's no obvious wound visible on her. Then
as the crowd gathers blood then gushes out of
her nose and mouth causing a big puddle of
blood, and then she's suddenly dead.
horrific to watch and I haven't been able to
look at it a second time, I feel shaky and
about to cry. Lots of people have died in the
protests but I never thought about what it
actually must be like.
Her name was Neda.
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