Neda An Iranian Martyr BBC Documentary Part 5 of 6

Neda   An Iranian Martyr BBC Documentary   Part 5 of 6


>>THE EXTENT OF THE BLOOD AND
THE BLEEDING AND THE PRESSURE OF THE BLEEDING INDICATED INSTANTLY
TO ME THAT HER AORTA WAS SHUT. AND HER LUNG AS WELL BECAUSE THE
BLOOD HAD BEEN FLOWING TO HER AND NOSE AND MOUTH AS WELL SO
HER LUNG WAS SHUT AS WELL. SHE DIED VERY QUICKLY. THEN I REALIZED THAT A CROWD WAS
PULLING SOMEONE TOWARDS US AND THE MAN PERSON WAS SHOUTING THAT
I DIDN’T WANT TO KILL HER AND THE SHOUT, THE PEOPLE WERE
STARTING TO BEAT HIM, BEAT HIM AND THEY TOOK OFF HIS CLOTHES
AND HIS SHIRT. THEN THEY STARTED DISCUSSING
WHAT TO DO WITH HIM. THEY SEARCH HIS BODY, THEY TOOK
OUT HIS WALLET, THEY TOOK OUT HIS ID CARD AND STARTED SHOUTING
HE’S A BASEEGE MEMBER, HE’S ONE OF THEM. AND THEY COULDN’T GIVE HIM TO
THE POLICE, THEY BELIEVED BECAUSE FIRST OF ALL THEY WOULD
EXPOSE THEMSELVES WHICH WAS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS THAT DAY. AND ALSO THEY DIDN’T BELIEVE
THAT THE POLICE WOULD DO ANYTHING TO HIM BECAUSE THE
BESEEGE IS VERY POWERFUL AND IT WOULD EASILY HAVE
GOTTEN AWAY. SO ALL OF A SUDDEN IN THE CHAOS
THEY DECIDED TO RELEASE HIM.>>THIS CARD ID CARD CONFIRMED
BY HASAJAY WAS LATER RELEASED ONTO THE INTERNET. IT IDENTIFIES HIM AS A BESEEGE
WITH A THREE DAY LICENSE FROM THE REPUBLICAN GUARD TO OPERATE
IN TEHRAN. HIS NAME AND PHONE NUMBER WERE
PUBLISHED TOO. THE NUMBER HAS SINCE BEEN
DISCONNECTED.>>WHEN MY FATHER OPENED THE
DOOR AND SAW ME FULL OF BLOOD HE THOUGHT THAT SOMETHING HAD
HAPPENED TO ME AND HE WAS SCARED. I ANSWERED WITH VERY SHORT
SENTENCES WITHOUT EXPLAINING MUCH THEN THEY TURNED ON THE TV,
THEN IT WAS CNN AND WE SAW THAT THE FILM WAS BEING OUT SHOWING
HER WITH ME IN IT.>>THIS IS DISTURBING, I WANT
EVERYONE TO KNOW THAT.>>IN THE HOURS SINCE HER DEATH
NEDA’S VIDEO HAD BEEN UPLOADED ONTO A COMPUTER, POSTED ON
YOUTUBE AND WAS SOON SEEN ALL AROUND THE WORLD.>>YOU’VE SEEN THIS VIDEO, WHAT
IS YOUR REACTION?>>IT’S HEART BREAKING, IT’S
HEART BREAKING AND I THINK THAT ANYBODY WHO SEES IT KNOWS
THERE’S SOMETHING FUNDAMENTALLY UNJUST ABOUT THAT.>>SHE WAS THE FIRST PERSON WHO
LOST THEIR LIFE IN THE EVENTS AND WAS IDENTIFIED. SOMEBODY WAS CALLING HER NEDA,
NEDA, AND SHE FOUND THE NAME SO QUICKLY SHE BECAME LIKE A SYMBOL
OF ALL THE EVENTS.>>THE GOVERNMENT CONFIRMS TEN
OTHER DEATHS THAT DAY. HOSPITAL SOURCES PUT THE FIGURE
AT OVER 30. SOME PROTESTERS WERE EVEN
BURIED BEFORE THEIR FAMILIES WERE NOTIFIED.>>IT WAS AROUND SIX OR SEVEN IN
THE MORNING WHEN MY MOBILE STARTED RINGING, I SAW IT WAS
NEDA’A NUMBER. BUT IT WASN’T HER. IT WAS HER SISTER SAYING
CASPIAN, NEDA IS GONE. I COULDN’T UNDERSTAND WHAT SHE
MEANT. SHE TRIED TO EXPLAIN BUT I
COULDN’T BELIEVE WHAT SHE WAS TELLING ME. NEDA’S MOTHER GOT ON THE PHONE. SHE WAS SCREAMING, I COULDN’T
CONTROL MYSELF, I STARTED SCREAMING TOO.>>WE WERE NOT ALLOWED TO HOLD A
WAKE IN HER MEMORY. WE WEREN’T ALLOWED TO PUT UP A
NOTICE ON A LOCAL BOARD TO ANNOUNCE HER DEATH. NONE OF THE MASKS WOULD TAKE US,
NONE OF THE HALLS OR RESTAURANTS WOULD GIVE US A PLACE TO HOLD A
CEREMONY IN NEDA’S MEMORY. THEY WOULDN’T LET US.>>THE AUTHORITIES ORDERED THE
FAMILY AND CASPIAN NOT TO TALK TO ANYONE. BUT NEDA’S DEATH HAD CHANGED HIM
AND HE IGNORED THEM.>>I WAS READY TO GET SHOT
THROUGH THE HEART OR GET ARRESTED, TO BE HONEST I
DIDN’T CARE.>>I SAW HIS NUMBER AND ANSWERED
IT, HE WAS SPEAKING VERY QUIETLY IT WAS OBVIOUS HE HAD HIS HAND
NEXT TO THE SPEAKER SO NOBODY COULD HEAR. HE WHISPERED THEY ARE OUTSIDE MY
HOUSE; THEY’VE COME TO GET ME. I SAID TO HIM I’M SURE THEY’RE
LISTENING IN ON US NOW, NONE OF US HAVE DONE ANYTHING SO DON’T
BE AFRAID, GO AND OPEN THE DOOR. IF THEY’RE OUTSIDE THE DOOR THEN
THEY CAN EASILY TAKE YOU ANYWAY SO BEST TO JUST OPEN IT
YOURSELF.>>CASPIAN WAS TAKEN TO
(UNDISTINGUISHABLE) PRISON. THEY TO REGIME BEGAN TO FIGHT
BACK DENYING ANY INVOLVEMENT BY GOVERNMENT FORCES IN NEDA’S
DEATH. FIRST THE OFFICIAL NEWS AGENCY
BLAMED THE BBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT JOHN LINE SAYING
HE’D STAGED THE DEATH FOR A DOCUMENTARY. THEN THEY REPORTED NEDA WAS
STILL ALIVE AND LIVING IN GREECE. A FEW DAYS LATER AFTER BEING
ARRESTED AND INTERROGATED, NEDA’S MUSIC TEACHER WAS TAKEN
BACK TO THE SCENE OF THE CRIME BY STATE TV. WITH THE GOVERNMENT DENYING ANY
INVOLVEMENT IN NEDA’S DEATH THE OTHER KEY WITNESS DECIDED
TO SPEAK.>>EVERY LIFE MOMENT COMES THAT
THE INTEGRITY OF SOME PERSON WOULD BE TESTED AND I REALIZED
ON THAT DAY THAT THIS WAS THE MOMENT IN MY LIFE THAT I HAD TO
CHOSE WHETHER TO KEEP MYSELF SAFE OR PROVE MY INTEGRITY.

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