Yesterday, we reported on the controversy
caused by the trip of Neda’s fiance, Caspian Makan, to Israel and his meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres during which Makan reportedly said that he’s an ambassador of the Iranian people.
Today, the controversy continues, with more bloggers and observers weighing in and accusing Makan of using Neda’s name and his relation with her to promote himself.
A Facebook page
has been created in reaction to Makan’s actions. The banner of the page says “We hate Caspian Makan” in Farsi.
Neda’s family has also condemned the trip, arguing that Makan does not represent Neda’s family or the people of Iran.
In an interview posted today
on the BBC Persian website, Neda’s mother, Hajar Rostami Motlagh, said that Makan met her daughter a few months before she died, and that if she hadn’t been killed, she and Makan would have gotten married. She has added, however, that being Neda’s fiancé doesn’t give Makan the right to claim that he represents Neda and the people of Iran.
Neda’s mother is quoted as saying that Makan shouldn’t have traveled to Israel at all.
“I told him that by doing this, you ruined yourself. Don’t ruin Neda and don’t abuse her name and let her soul rest in peace.”
The Islamic Republic of Iran does not recognize Israel and Iranians are banned from traveling to the country.
The tensions between Iran and Israel have increased since Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, who often verbally attacks Israel, came to power.
Makan has said that he traveled to Israel for peace.