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    Iran's Neda named 'Person of the Year' by UK paper

    Iranian student protester Neda Soltan is Times Person of the Year

    Neda Soltan was not political. She did not vote in the Iranian presidential election on June 12. The young student was appalled, however, by the way that the regime shamelessly rigged the result and reinstalled Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Ignoring the pleas of her family, she went with her music teacher eight days later to join a huge opposition demonstration in Tehran.

    “Even if a bullet goes through my heart it’s not important,” she told Caspian Makan, her fiancé. “What we’re fighting for is more important. When it comes to taking our stolen rights back we should not hesitate. Everyone is responsible. Each person leaves a footprint in this world.”

    Ms Soltan, 26, had no idea just how big a footprint she would leave. Hours after leaving home, she was indeed shot, by a government militiaman, as she and other demonstrators chanted: “Death to the dictator.”

    Arash Hejazi, a doctor standing near by, remembers her looking down in surprise as blood gushed from her chest. She collapsed. More blood spewed from her mouth. As she lay dying on the pavement, her life ebbing out of her, “I felt she was trying to ask a question. Why?” said Dr Hejazi, who tried to save her life. Why had an election that generated so much excitement ended with a government that claims to champion the highest moral values, the finest Islamic principles, butchering its own youth?

    A 40-second telephone clip of Ms Soltan’s final moments flashed around the world. Overnight she became a global symbol of the regime’s brutality, and of the remarkable courage of Iran’s opposition in a region where other populations are all too easily suppressed by despotic governments.
    Iranian student protester Neda Soltan is Times Person of the Year - Times Online

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    Re: Iran's Neda named 'Person of the Year' by UK paper

    I can't think of anyone better to represent democracy than someone who died for it.

    I wish others had that kind of courage in our part of the world.

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    Re: Iran's Neda named 'Person of the Year' by UK paper

    I had noted back then that she was the symbol of the opposition but she was an accidental symbol. Please do not take my following remarks as being an unfeeling SOB or something like that but I do not feel that she should be the PERSON OF THEIR YEAR since there is no evidence that she was actve iin the opposition.

    If someone has information to the contrary please post it.

    PS Yes her death was extremely tragic but her death was cooincidental to the opposition's drive and not an intergral active part of it.
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    Re: Iran's Neda named 'Person of the Year' by UK paper

    Quote Originally Posted by F107HyperSabr View Post
    I had noted back then that she was the symbol of the opposition but she was an accidental symbol. Please do not take my following remarks as being an unfeeling SOB or something like that but I do not feel that she should be the PERSON OF THEIR YEAR since there is no evidence that she was actve iin the opposition.

    If someone has information to the contrary please post it.

    PS Yes her death was extremely tragic but her death was cooincidental to the opposition's drive and not an intergral active part of it.
    She was actively protesting when she was shot and killed.

    I don't think you can call her involvement accidental or coincidental.
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    Re: Iran's Neda named 'Person of the Year' by UK paper

    Quote Originally Posted by F107HyperSabr View Post
    I had noted back then that she was the symbol of the opposition but she was an accidental symbol. Please do not take my following remarks as being an unfeeling SOB or something like that but I do not feel that she should be the PERSON OF THEIR YEAR since there is no evidence that she was actve iin the opposition.

    If someone has information to the contrary please post it.

    PS Yes her death was extremely tragic but her death was cooincidental to the opposition's drive and not an intergral active part of it.
    She isn't the "PERSON OF THEIR YEAR", as in the Iranian opposition, but the "person of the year" of a British conservative newspaper.
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