Violent Protests in Iran (Neda)
Violent protests over the alleged rigging of the Presidential Election on June 12 continue in Iran.
Thousands of opposition protesters flooded the streets in Tehran, undaunted by a warning from Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, not to continue demonstrations.
Security forces responded with live rounds, batons and tear gas. Witnesses said that dozens of people were hospitalized after being beaten by police and the pro-government Basiji militia. Pandemonium continued well into the night Saturday and demonstrations are expected to resume as evening approaches in Tehran.
This image from a widely-circulated YouTube video shows an unnamed young woman who died from a bullet to the heart during Saturday’s crackdown. It is unclear who shot her and if she was a participant or bystander, but many believe she is a victim of the regime’s brutality. Given the name Neda,meaning “Voice” or “Call” in Farsi, she has become a rallying cry for protesters enraged by the government’s violence.
Iran’s state media has said at least 13 people were killed Saturday during the demonstration. The Iranian government has admitted to the deaths of at least 20 people in the unrest since the June 12 election.