Saturday, August 27, 2016

Iran Election Diary

'Neda' Quickly Becoming Symbol Of Iranian Protests

A graphic video ostensibly shot on the streets of central Tehran during the postelection protests has quickly become an Internet symbol of the protesters' struggle against what they say was a rigged presidential vote on June 12.

The film shows a young woman believed to be named Neda who has been shot in the chest -- apparently fatally -- while protesting the June 12 election results on the streets of the capital with her father.

Passersby try to help the woman as blood pours from her nose and mouth.

Neda's full name and fate have not been confirmed, highlighting the challenges journalists have been facing when reporting from Iran. Verifying information has been difficult for foreign journalists, who have been barred from covering demonstrations and other public events.

At least 23 people are believed to have been killed so far in clashes with security forces and Iranian militia.

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About This Diary

Controversy continues to swirl around Iran's June 12 presidential election. Three candidates, all current or former senior officials, were looking to unseat incumbent Mahmud Ahmadinejad, who was deemed the outright winner within hours of the polls closing. RFE/RL correspondents follow the Iranian public's saga through dispatches of their own, as well as by highlighting some of the viewpoints emerging from Iran through Facebook, Twitter, and other online resources (in orange).

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