The Times reports that supporters of the Iranian Government have for a second time desecrated the grave of Neda Soltan, the student whose shooting during a street demonstration last June made her a worldwide symbol of the opposition.
The black marble grave stone on which her face is engraved has been pockmarked by bullets. This is despite the constant presence of security forces who are there to prevent the grave from becoming a shrine.
The current tombstone was put in place on December 14 after the previous one was smashed in mid-November. The damage was discovered on December 31.
Not only wishing to destroy her last resting place the regime has increased its efforts to smear her name. A recent documentary (excerpts were aired by Press TV, the English language propaganda station which employs Galloway as one of its useful idiots) made the preposterous claims that Neda was an agent of the US and Britain and that her death was a hoax. It suggests that she squeezed fake blood over herself as she lay on the pavement but was then shot dead by her fellow conspirators in the car that took her away — presumably to silence her.
“Neda for a moment realizes their wicked plan and struggles to escape but they quickly shoot her from behind,” the narrator claims, and goes on to name Arash Hejazi, the doctor who tried to save her and has since fled to Britain, as one of her killers.
Previously the regime claimed that she was killed by British and US intelligence agents, by the BBC or by the opposition for propaganda purposes. It has also unsuccessfully pressured her parents to say that their daughter was killed by foreign agents.
I would like to view these acts as part of the death rattle of a desperate and increasingly insane regime. In reality the near future of Iran will include a lot more blood, sadly. The sooner they are gone, the better