The Iranian Election Surprise: Neda!
June 21, 2009
Did anyone THINK that the elections would be fair? Would the spiritual head of Iran allow a more pro-Western stance win the election? Could tens of millions paper ballots be counted in a matter of hours? That’s NO surprise; however, the real surprise is that the losing opposition has become so determined. Iran hard-core leaders are totally surprise by the degree of insurrection and rebellion as a result of the rigged election.
NEDA has become one of the many battle cries as a result of the violence and deaths over the last week.
“RIP NEDA, The World cries seeing your last breath, you didn’t die in vain. We remember you.” That post on Twitter came from a man who identified himself as an American guitarist in Nashville, Tennessee. Amid the hundreds of images and videos of Saturday’s brutal crackdown on protesters in Iran that flooded the Internet, it was the graphic video showing the death of a young woman that touched a nerve among those following the events in Tehran for more than a week.
What the religious leaders in Iran have discovered is that the internet and digital world that w now live in has great perils for their power.
Having done all that they can to block out the deaths, violence, and mayhem, the news is still getting out through social networking formats such as Facebook and Twitter!
One blogger posted that Neda was protesting with her father in Tehran when pro-government Basiji militia opened fire and shot her in the heart. “The final moments of her tender young life leaked into the pavement of Karegeh Street today, captured by cell phone cameras,” the unnamed blogger posted on Newsvine.com. “And not long after, took on new life, flickering across computer screens around the world on YouTube, and even CNN.” As the adage goes, a thousand deaths is a statistic: while one personal death is a tragedy.
Who would have guessed that the young life of Neda would become the new FACE of the Iranian election?