Two years ago: Birthday Vigil for Neda Agha-Soltan

Exactly two years ago, on 23 January 2010, a vigil was held for Neda Agha-Soltan who had been shot and killed on 20 June 2009 by an Iranian government militia when they cracked down on protests in Tehran. Because Neda’s death was captured on video and quickly broadcast around the world, she became the symbol of the millions of Iranians who dared to protest against the rigging of the elections in 2009 and against the lack of personal and political freedom in the Islamic Republic of Iran.


I was among the people who organised the vigil in London. We chose 23 January because it would have been Neda’s birthday. We chose to protest outside of the London offices of Press TV, Iran’s foreign TV channel because this channel had just broadcast an inflammatory piece in which they had blamed the BBC and the usual array of foreign intelligence services for her murder. (The UK’s media regulating body Ofcom has now finally revoked Press TV’s license.)

Here is some video footage from the event. I read a letter from Caspian Makan, Neda’s fiancé:

If you want to learn more about Neda and the protests in Iran in 2009, I highly recommend to watch the documentary “For Neda” (in which I play a small part again).

As someone who has been to Iran twice and has a deep interest in the country’s future, I am disappointed that there is still no improvement at all in the political and human rights situation in Iran. The Iranian opposition is highly ineffective and – especially if compared with the opposition groups in the countries of the Arab Spring – far too timid, lame and more concerned about arguing with each other instead of toppling the brutal regime. It is sad to say, but there is absolutely nothing that makes me optimistic about Iran’s future.

About Andreas Moser

Travelling the world and writing about it. I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I'd much rather be a writer, a spy or a hobo.
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5 Responses to Two years ago: Birthday Vigil for Neda Agha-Soltan

  1. still all we are in shock what happend to her.honestly I’m disappointed for changeing situastion in Iran.everything going more and more hard.we are so far from peace and sad

  2. Jesmond Micallef says:

    Neda Agha-Soltan

    Your memory is still alive within your country, but also beyond
    Your spirit lives within the people who knew you
    A bullet pierced your heart, but not your spirit
    No bullet on this earth pierces that !!

    If only the regimental mullahs could realise this !!
    They are so wrong, so absolutely and absurdly wrong.

    Why has it got to be this way ?

    Why should people negate the whole world the presence of such a wonderfull human being ?

    So intelligent and so beautiful………….

  3. Jesmond Micallef says:

    The film by Maryam Keshavarz titled “Circumstance” was one of those many which was presented at the Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival this previous year.

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