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22 June 2009 @ 02:43 pm
Tehran  
Watching the video of Neda's death is one of the most horrific things I can recall ever seeing. I cried, hand over my mouth. This woman was killed on video, and died while her father held onto her desperately.

I wish I had words, but I don't. It's too much.

Other than how fortunate, and how grateful I am to live in a country where democracy is a way of life, even when we're unhappy with the results.
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Mockingbird Q: mockingbirdmockingbirdq on June 22nd, 2009 09:59 pm (UTC)
God, you're braver than me. I feel like I should watch, just to pay honor to her death but I can't bring myself to watch the video. I don't want to see her in my dreams for years...

It sounds as though women protestors are being specifically targeted and being attacked more aggresively, which is so awful. I wish there was something to do to support the demonstrators...
rhienellethrhienelleth on June 22nd, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC)
Exactly. I knew better when I clicked the link. I felt exactly as you say, like I should, but it was so much worse than I could have imagined. I feel terrible for her family, because now that her death is this symbol, it's been immortalized the world over, played again and again. I can't imagine what that would feel like, the conflicting emotions it would bring.

Yes, the violence against women especially is just terrible. So many of them are still demonstrating. I think, how brave, how inspiring...and how fearful it makes me for all of them.
Perverse and Often Baffling: sadrosewhiskeypants on June 23rd, 2009 07:01 am (UTC)
I watched it because I felt like I should. Often I feel too sheltered from what is happening around the world. Perhaps this isn't the way to punch through the roof, I don't know. But also, that death, that grief can't be pointless. I know it's so human of us to want such an event to mean something.
And I am not even sure I am making sense. Because I'm still reeling.
rhienellethrhienelleth on June 23rd, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
Yes, that's exactly how I felt. And I think you're right. Something like that happens, we see it, and we want it to stand for something. We want that woman's death to have meaning, in part because the reality is, it was a brutally senseless act.

But if it can be a symbol for the women, or the people, of Tehran standing up for themselves and their beliefs, if they gain some ground toward freedom and civil rights through all of this, then we find that, I don't know, comforting on some level. At least her death would have meaning in the aftermath, if not in the perpetration.