Neda’s Parents Driven From Home; Neda’s Body Never Returned to Parents and Buried Secretly

Neda Salehi Agha-Sultani...now her parents have been driven from the only home she knew (Courtesy: Obamicon)

Neda Salehi Agha-Sultani...now her parents have been driven from the only home she knew (Courtesy: Obamicon)

Appalling. Horrifying. From The Guardian in Britain:

The Iranian authorities have ordered the family of Neda Agha Soltan out of their Tehran home after shocking images of her death were circulated around the world.

Neighbours said that her family no longer lives in the four-floor apartment building on Meshkini Street, in eastern Tehran, having been forced to move since she was killed. The police did not hand the body back to her family, her funeral was cancelled, she was buried without letting her family know and the government banned mourning ceremonies at mosques, the neighbours said.

“We just know that they [the family] were forced to leave their flat,” a neighbour said. The Guardian was unable to contact the family directly to confirm if they had been forced to leave.

The government is also accusing protesters of killing Soltan, describing her as a martyr of the Basij militia. Javan, a pro-government newspaper, has gone so far as to blame the recently expelled BBC correspondent, Jon Leyne, of hiring “thugs” to shoot her so he could make a documentary film.

Where will they go? What will they do? Are they really in jail? Even their neighbors are afraid, with Basiji gunmen or Revolutionary Guards or police patrolling their neighborhood and harassing and stalking passersby. Many of them believe that the parents were indeed removed so that there would be no demonstrations of respect made to them and to the memory of their daughter as per Shi’a Islamic or Iranian custom. And no doubt, hundreds would have come and would have declared Neda a martyr to the cause.

The dictators can’t have that.

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~ by blksista on June 24, 2009.

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