Saturday, June 12, 2010
Iranian election, one year on
One year ago today the Iranian government rigged the Presidential elections to return Mahmoud Ahmadinejaad to power for a second term. On month of protest demonstrations followed by the opposition "green" movement which were brutally crushed by the regime. Scores were killed on the streets, an unknown number were executed and thousands imprisoned. The most infamous incident last June was the murder of Neda Agha-Soltan, the 27 year old music student who was shot in the chest. The haunting image of her life slipping away as she lay on the street choking on her own blood was seen around the world illustrating quite clearly the lengths the Mullahs are willing to go to cling on to power in Iran. Below is a tribute to Neda and the many brave Iranians who came out on the streets last summer in opposition to theocratic tyranny.