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IRAN: Footage of woman apparently shot in Tehran galvanizes opposition

A disturbing video showing a young woman purportedly shot in the streets of Tehran is becoming a rallying symbol for opponents of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

It is one of many images and video posted on the Internet that seem to show the violence of today’s crackdown in the capital, where police and pro-government militiamen fired tear gas and water cannons at stone-throwing demonstrators protesting a disputed election. 

It is not possible to verify the authenticity of these images, but they have been uploaded repeatedly on YouTube, Facebook and other sites.

A copy of the video was also emailed to The Times. It seems to show a woman lying in the street with blood spurting from her chest. A man leans over, trying to stop the bleeding with his hands.

The footage, which can be viewed on YouTube, is extremely graphic. The identity of the woman could not be independently confirmed. But she is referred to on Twitter as Neda.

"#Neda: You are the VOICE of the people. You are a call to FREEDOM.....rip," readd one of the many tweets about her apparent slaying. 

CNN reports that pictures of the woman are appearing on posters in Tehran and she is being hailed as a martyr. The network broadcast an excerpt of the video with the face of the woman blurred out.

Iranian Americans also downloaded the video and used it to make posters, which were held up at a demonstration today outside the Federal Building in Westwood.

— Alexandra Zavis and Amber Smith

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Neda Never be forgotten for iranian

Stop with the BS of saying "if you think this video is fake you just don't care about a girl dying, blah blah blah". Seriously, THAT is an ignorant thing to say. I'm from America, I don't particular love IRAN but I don't hate it either. I think that free elections are a good thing and that protests like this will hopefully bring democracy and maybe peace to Iran and around the world. That being said, I heard about this video from a couple friends who absolutely thought it was real. I watched it the first time with no thought in my mind whatsoever that it might be a fake. HOWEVER, the first time I watched it, something just didnt seem right. The way she is helped to the ground seems odd, it seems like if you were shot with a sniper rifle to the chest you would just fall, how would there be time for two men to help you down? Secondly, the way they are touching her face and all over her head seems odd. If someone I loved or knew was shot to the chest, I'd be trying to look at the wound, putting pressure on it and stopping the bleeding. I'm absolutely no expert on how to treat gunshots, but this would be my insticnt, not to touch their face incessantly, i just seems strange. Also, why is there blood on the ground at her feet as she is being helped to the ground?

Now, all this being said, I don't know if the damn thing is fake or not, but, I've found that in life (generally) when something doesn't feel right, it almost ALWAYS isn't.

I'll say it again, I watched this video for the first time under the impression that it was real, not even thinking it might not have been. But it doesn't look real, it doesn't feel real, for some of the reasons I've already described.

Everyone has a right to an opinion, stop trying to shout down people who think its fake, what does that do? It does nothing except make you look insecure, stupid, unintelligent, and most of all, like hypocrits.

The video is NOT FAKE! It's 40 seconds long and it was teken on a mobile phone! It's an amateur video for God's sake. The Basij sniper who killed her was hounded by protesters who took his identity card and his picture before they were hauled away by riot police. The Iranian government was extremely quick to bury her without an autopsy and banned any public gathering in her name. It claims that a meddling Western journalist hired thugs to kill her so he would have a good story, do you REALLY believe that?

Whoever believes the video is fake should have taken Neda's place in it. STOP insulting this woman's memorial, it's all she'll ever have left!

How the hell can you tell if a video is not fake??? You were totally fooled by the CIA fake videos at the UN with Colin Powell before the invasion of Iraq. You were fooled by the fake CIA video of TWA 800 disaster. The BBC was just outed for posting fake photos of the Tehran riots. Don't you people get it? Its a manipulation scheme by Israel to get Barack Obama and Gordon Brown to invade Iran! Zionism will "conquer by deception" (THEIR MOTTO!)

p.s. - do you remember the 5 Israeli Mossad agents at the GW Bridge in Ft. Lee NJ non 9/11/01? Why were they there filming it and celebrating as the towers fell? MANIPULATION of the Americans. Arial Sharon told the Kneset that he had full control of the Americans. Wake up America - Israeli sympathizers (aka sayanims) are EVERYWHERE and will ruin our country with their lust for oil and more land!

You know what's fun?

Is to google the phrasing of all these people writing in in support of the neda video is fake claim.

There seems to be a group of people who are posing as individuals who are spamming the internet with the same arguments and in most cases the same words.

1 claims to to be a medic or doctor or nurse (it varies) but uses the same phrases in all his/her posts.

Another takes the angle of walking us through how the "fake blood" was admistered by the people attending neda, and the phrase about "neda needing help being lowered" is a repeated in most of the posts.

I don't know if these folks are agents of Iranian government or they are part of this conspiracy tin foil hat group, but I have to say that I hope that you guys that are spamming all sorts of boards with this neda is fake garbage, I hope you're just doing it because you are Iranian security agents and not because you believe it.

Because if you truly believe the drivel you are writing, you have to be some of the most cold-hearted, retarded individuals on this planet.

They were supposedly in Iran, where the primary languages are Farsi and Urdu -- so why is everyone speaking Arabic?

PLEASE LET THAT POOR GIRL SOUL R.I.P.

There were originally two videos posted on the website I first viewed. Like take one and take two. It is clearly staged FAKE propaganda. If you are shot through the heart or chest I doubt you would need anyone to place you on the ground or be picking you up and moving you.
You would most likely be killed instantly. Or at least not conscious. Yet, she does not look at the people she knows she looks at the cameraman to get ready for the close-up. Finale with the fake blood shot.

Notice the passers-by on the street. Do they look like there is anyone firing shots in there direction. Do you hear any background noise of a protest? Use your head and don't just accept it out of hand. This is a propaganda piece. Poorly done. Why can NO ONE verify any reports. Conflicting unconfirmed reports. Yeah she's pretty. Got the useful "name" Straight out of central casting.

The video is clearly NOT fake. If you look at it when the mans hand (he is standing on her right side) goes to the left side of her face where supposedly he would be pouring on the fake blood, as the blood is coming out of her mouth it is also coming out of her nose. There is no way you can pour the blood into the left side of the face and have it come out the nostril on the right side of the body.

It must be a pretty twisted viewpoint to assume that Neda did not exist and that all injustice we see from Iran is just psyops created by mossad/cia agents. Phil, you should watch the video a few more times and then apologize from your erroneous conclusions.

Neda RIP.

Video in not a Fake. For the people who want to believe it is a fake does not want to register a shooting in their mind. I have seen over 30 beheadings, over 20 live murders. Some people get to video a live death and it's hard for some people to deal with.
In this video, the guy who is supposely is pouring blood on her, has nothing in his hand before he touches her face. Plus the angle of her body could not make the blood go in the directions it did with someone pouring blood on her.
It's real, deal with it

it is fake
if it is not who killed Neda.
why USA and UK support Mosavi.
USA and UK should leave Iran and solve their own internal problems.

I'm sure the video is not fake. No one could make their eyes go like that. I wish I hadn't watched the video--its giving me nightmares.

Neda video was staged, and eventually the truth will come out.

I have to agree with Phil on this one. The video is clearly faked in an attempt to gain sympathy and provoke an emotional response. It has clearly worked too, as so many people feel very strongly about this girl who may very well be a fictional character who's death has conveniently become a rallying cry. There are too many coincidences, half truths, and misinformation for anyone with cognitive capabilities to consider this video to be authentic.

"By running proxy servers, tor clients, or any other anonymizing service you are preventing innocents from being tracked down by these ruthless thugs."

Yeah Mike let's just go to war with Iran then. You've convinced me of Iran's ruthlessesness... sheesh!

"...They tried to start a nuke war back in August 1997..."

Sorry I meat August 2007 not 1997...

The video was produced in Tel-Aviv by Mossad agents who do propaganda video pieces like this. Neda does NOT really exist. Just like the Iranian girl that was supposedly raped in Tehran years ago, NEVER HAPPENED! The actress is alive and well living in Jerusalem.

Netanyaho wants USA to go to war with Iran. They tried to start a nuke war back in August 1997 just before the Syrian Offensive using USA cruise missiles but US Joint Chiefs told Bush NO WAY! This is just another attempt to get Americans on the AIPAC/Zionist bandwagon to war with Islamic countries in SW Asia. Why?

PHIL HOW CAN YOU BE SO IGNORANT? PEOPLE ARE SHOT AND KILLED FOR LESS THAN PROTESTING A LEADER AND IN THIS CASE ITS MORE OF AN INSULT BECAUSE ITS A WOMAN DOING IT! YOUR VIEWS SOUND ALMOST AS PARINOID AS THE BELIEFS IN THE MIDDLE EAST i.e. THE HOLOCAST NEVER HAPPENED WE NEVER REALLY WENT TO THE MOON ETC. GET YOUR HEAD SCREWED ON STRAIGHT BUDDY THIS IS AS REAL AS IT GETS HAVE SOME COMPASSION FOR THE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO LIVE FREE LIKE WE DO AND ARE WILLING TO DIE TO DO IT. SAY A PRAYER TO BE FORGIVEN FOR BEING A COLD CALLOUS PERSON WHEN A YOUNG WOMANS LIFE ENDED FOR FIGHTING FOR WHAT YOU TAKE FOR GRANTED EVERYDAY.

The video might not be a fake, but it isn't necessarily shot recently, either.

 
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