As Neda lay dying, her father counseled her "Natazhsid!", which means "Do not be afraid!" This has become the rallying cry of millions of freedom-loving Iranians. Please pray for their success. Please pray that Neda's death has not been in vain.
One of the greatest chapters in human history is playing out before our very eyes, yet most of us choose to watch mindless entertaining drivel on television instead. Iranians are suddenly on the verge of a freedom that has been centuries in the making. Do you care?
The genie is out of the bottle. The Supreme Leader is no longer supreme;
the Iranian people are. Millions of Iranians have taken to the streets, protesting in support of the candidate who clearly won the June 12th presidential election, Mir Hossein Mousavi. You can find it all on YouTube and Twitter. Technology and the memory of Neda Agha Soltan will help to ensure that liberty, this time, will not be stopped.
Being frustrated by the snarled traffic caused by thousands of protesters in the streets, Neda, along with her family and friends decided to get out of their car to get some air. Seconds later, Neda lay on the pavement, her life bleeding from her in torrents. The 40-second video of her death carefully made its way past Iranian censors, around the world, and into the history books.
Appearing on CNN, Melody Moezzi, many of whose family members still live in Iran, talked of the senseless death of the beautiful Neda, who has taken her place beside Hossein and Ali in the Shia hall of martyrs. Moezzi said of Neda:
Now, one of the chants is Natazhsid!! Natazhsid!! 'Do not be afraid', is one word in Farsi, and that word has become so powerful. When Neda was killed...she became a martyr. [In the wake of her death, the protesters] said "Do not be afraid!" How do you do that? How do you say to a woman who is dying, "Do not be afraid?" Because she is a martyr. God is on her side. We are on her side.The numbers of Iranian civilian dead are claimed by various protesters to be far in excess of the official reports coming from the now forever discredited Supreme Leader and his Supreme Band of Thieves. Despite stern warnings of even sterner punishments by the Ayatollah, the protests continue.
When we [perform any] physical exertion, Iranians say "Ya Ali", which means "Give me the power of Ali." And now we're saying "Ya Neda."
The Basij police have resorted to preying on dissenters throughout the streets, finding where they live, and then going into their homes at night and killing and beating them. Iranians thwart the Basij by harboring each other in the safe havens of their homes.
If the days belong to the anti-government protesters, the nights belong to the Basij. At nightfall, thousands of them flood into the streets seeking out government opponents.Whose side are you on? Do you dare to stand up for the truth, no matter what the cost? Do you dare to be a "Neda"? If so, I have two things to say to you.
"The Basij can do whatever they want," said Reza, a shop owner from Tehran. "They think they are enforcing God's law, so they think they can't be wrong."