Neda Soltan's Boyfriend
November 17, 2009 7:08 AM   Subscribe

Neda Agha Soltan, killed on camera by a sniper's bullet, became the symbol of opposition to Iranian President Ahmadinejad this summer. Her boyfriend, Caspian Makan, who has just fled the country, talks to Arash Sahami and Angus Macqueen about their romance, his imprisonment after her death and his terrifying escape.
posted by netbros (8 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
frontline tonite (also btw sullivan's suppositions...)
posted by kliuless at 7:27 AM on November 17, 2009 [2 favorites]

kliuless- I hadn't heard about the frontline program, thanks for sharing. My family will be very interested.
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 9:55 AM on November 17, 2009

posted by shii at 12:00 PM on November 17, 2009

When I was in college, the Iranian revolution was underway and one of my classmates was Iranian. Her whole family was being executed: she was safe only because she was in school in the U.S., where she was also ostracized by many who couldn't distinguish among Iranians. I used to pass her room, hear her crying over the latest news from her home, and try to understand and listen to her pain.

Later I met the woman who is now one of my best friends, who is also Iranian. The uprising in Iran tore her apart, because she was so afraid for the protesters. She kept saying to me, "They are so young! They are too young to die." She also thought the protests would lead nowhere. She said the government would never give in to them.

I remember the day Neda died and the profoundly shocking video of her death.

This story wrenches at my heart. Thanks for the post.
posted by bearwife at 1:50 PM on November 17, 2009

The Green Movement Keeps Neda’s Memory Alive

Queen’s College at Oxford University in Britain have decided to establish a graduate scholarship in Neda’s honor–the “Neda Agha-Soltan Graduate Scholarship” for philosophy students of Iranian descent. The scholarship will promote academic freedom for Iranians who have faced censorship and persecution by an oppressive government.
posted by netbros at 3:20 PM on November 17, 2009

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