Neda Agha Soltan is the young woman who was shot by Basij militia and whose death was filmed and reproduced all over the web. She has become the leading symbol of the freedom movement in Iran.
The mullahs who rule the country, evidently worried about the symbolic implications of her death, have harassed her family, banned her funeral, and apparently buried her quietly without telling her family. The Guardian reports:
The Iranian authorities have ordered the family of Neda Agha Soltan out of their Tehran home after shocking images of her death were circulated around the world.
Neighbours said that her family no longer lives in the four-floor apartment building on Meshkini Street, in eastern Tehran, having been forced to move since she was killed. The police did not hand the body back to her family, her funeral was cancelled, she was buried without letting her family know and the government banned mourning ceremonies at mosques, the neighbours said. …
In accordance with Persian tradition, the family had put up a mourning announcement and attached a black banner to the building.
But the police took them down, refusing to allow the family to show any signs of mourning. The next day they were ordered to move out. …
A shopkeeper said he had often met Soltan, who used to come to his store.
“She was a kind, innocent girl. She treated me well and I appreciated her behaviour. I was surprised when I found out that she was killed by the riot police. I knew she was a student as she mentioned that she was going to university. She always had a nice peaceful smile and now she has been sacrificed for the government’s vote-rigging in the presidential election.”
In today’s world, I think it’s reasonable to believe that these are the actions of a dying regime.