Skip to comments.Iranian Student Protester Neda Soltan Is Times Person of the Year
Posted on 12/25/2009 7:15:51 PM PST by Steelfish
December 26, 2009 Iranian Student Protester Neda Soltan Is Times Person of the Year
Neda Soltan did not vote in her country's election, but was appalled by the rigging of the result. Since she was shot in a democracy protest, her face has become an opposition symbol
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 its not important, she told Caspian Makan, her fiancé. What were 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?
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You mean no Barry 0 or Bernanke? Shocking that someone who deserves the award receives it!
RIP Iranian patriot.
May the LORD do so to me and more also if My passion for My Country is not equal to the passion that She displayed for Liberty to be bestowed upon her nation.
Bless her soul.
For once I agree with Time. May she RIP
Kudos to Time for actually getting it right!
I don’t think this is TIME magazine pic. I believe it’s the pick of the London Times.
Good. A paper with guts.
Whoever pushed it through is to be commended. She gave her life for a cause still unfulfilled. Many more in Iran stand to join her in the cause of Democracy.
And Obama wants to negotiate with the Mullahs and Ahmadinejad .
The world is upside down.
This is neither the NYTimes nor TIME magazine award- it’s from the London Times!