Category: The Killing of Neda

Neda, the girl who died so the world knew

Three years ago, on 20 June 2009, Neda, the Iranian girl, bled to death on the streets of Tehran, shot by an Iranian pro-government militiaman during the protests to the fraudulent presidential elections. She was one of hundreds of people who were slain by the Iranian brutal government, just because she aspired for change. Right before she died, her gaze...

Arash Hejazi’s interview with Radio Netherland about his memoir The Gaze of the Gazelle

As British embassy officials flee Iran, we speak to an Iranian man in the UK: Arash Hejazi. He’s the doctor who tried to rescue Neda Agha-Soltan, the young woman who was shot during the 2009 protests in Tehran and became an icon of the struggle for democracy there. YouTube: Death of Neda (warning: graphic content) Arash talks to host Jonathan...

Book Review: The Gaze of the Gazelle, the memoir of a little boy who became a revolutionary for truth

Source: Middle East Book Review We talk about the tyranny of the Shah of Iran and the even worse tyranny of the Mullah’s that followed. We talk about the politics of Iran today and its role in terrorism, violence and the instability of the Middle East. We talk about the conflict that the United States started using their dictator pal...

The National’s Review on The Gaze of the Gazelle: Witness to a death that changed history

Source: Noori Passela, The National, Sep 16, 2011 Arash Hejazi is an Iranian writer, publisher, doctor and one of the few to witness Neda Agha-Soltan’s dying moments first-hand, when he captured it on a mobile-phone camera during the 2009 riots. It was his choice to upload the video, whichsparked an international media frenzy over the death of the bright-eyed young...

A review on The Gaze of the Gazelle: Witness to a death that changed history

Source: Noori Passela, The National, Sep 16, 2011 Arash Hejazi is an Iranian writer, publisher, doctor and one of the few to witness Neda Agha-Soltan’s dying moments first-hand, when he captured it on a mobile-phone camera during the 2009 riots. It was his choice to upload the video, whichsparked an international media frenzy over the death of the bright-eyed young...

The killing of Neda Agha Soltan & an extract from The Gaze of the Gazelle

Arash Hejazi John Angerson Martin Fletcher, Saturday Times Magazine July 23 2011 2:52PM Arash Hejazi witnessed the shooting of Iranian student Soltan in Tehran in 2009. What he did next would rock the regime – and change his life for ever The house is part of a bland new estate on the western edge of Oxford. In its sparsely furnished...

For Neda: The film: Tuesday 21 June, 10.00 PM on More 4 (UK only)

On 20 June 2009, Neda Agha Soltan was shot in the heart by a sniper and lay bleeding to death in a backstreet of Tehran. Within hours of her death this young Iranian woman’s dying moments, captured on mobile phones, were appearing on computer screens across the world. Anthony Thomas’s film tells Neda’s personal story and attempts to find out...

Arash Hejazi’s Interview with the Italian Magazine Io Dona: I can’t live in silence, Neda’s eyes hunt me

“Non posso vivere nel silenzio, gli occhi di Neda mi perseguitano” Dal suo rifugio a Londra parla ilmedico che cercò di salvare la studentessa-simbolo della rivolta iraniana. E che trovò il coraggio graziea Paolo Coelho di Emanuela Zuccalà, Io Dona, 20 May 2011 UNA RAGAZZA A TERRA, il volto percorso da rivoli di sangue scuro. Due uomini tentanodi rianimarla. Uno...

The Gaze of the Gazelle, a story of a generation: Arash Hejazi’s Memoir

Well, there is something to write about after all. My memoirs The Gaze of the Gazelle, is coming out in spring 2011 by Seagull Books in English. Writing this memoir in the past twelve months has been the only help I have had to survive the memory of the horrors I experienced last year, in June 2009, when Neda, the...

O World! Enough hesitation! It’s time to act

[Read the text in Persian Here] [Read the text in French Here] Hundreds of newspapers have been shut down in Iran; international reporters have been banned; hundreds of Iranian journalists are in prison; internet has almost been shut down; the sophisticated filtering system has blocked the contact of the Iranian people with the world; the police is massacring people in...

The open letter of Neda to President Obama

The letter bellow was posted on my facebook discussion page yesterday by the ID Mehdi Amin, which I’m sure is an alias. The letter is based on my open letter to President Obama; but this time it’s not me who is addressing the President; it’s Neda Agha Soltan. It was a really moving letter and therefore I have posted here...

Arash Hejazi’s Interview with The Times / November 13, 2009

Iranian doctor Arash Hejazi who tried to rescue Neda Soltan tells of wounds that never heal As Arash Hejazi sat in an Oxford coffee bar, members of Iran’s Basij militia in Tehran were demanding his extradition outside the British Embassy. The previous day the Iranian regime had sent an Oxford college a letter of protest over a scholarship given to...

Ahmadinejad versus Oxford University and Neda

The Iranian Embassy Objects to the Queens College’s Neda Scholarship The Queen’s College venerates the memory of Neda Agha Soltan; the Iranian Government blames it on Arash Hejazi! The paradox in the Iranian Government’s Statement Regarding Neda The paradox lies in the fact that the Iranian government has reacted in different manners towards the death of Neda. First, the head...

Neda Agha Soltan murder witness at risk of torture in Tehran prison

Caspian Makan, the fiancé of Neda Agha Soltan, a young woman killed in the recent protests in Iran, has been held in detention since 26 June, after he made a statement linking her murder to the pro-government Basij militia. Currently held in Evin Prison in Tehran, Caspian Makan is reported to have told his family that if he signs a...

The face of Abbas Kargar Javid — man accused of killing Neda Soltan

The Times August 20, 2009 The man accused of killing Neda Soltan has been identified as Abbas Kargar Javid, a pro-government militiaman, after photographs of the Basiji’s ID cards appeared on the internet. The identification challenges the Iranian regime’s claim that foreign agents shot the young woman, who became a global symbol of resistance to the Government of President Ahmadinejad....

Neda Agha Soltan’s alleged shooter: Saturday, 1 August 2009

Images of three cards that have been attributed to the shooter of Neda Agha Soltan were published on the internet. I am here confirming that the photo of the individual that appears on this card completely matches the particulars that I recall of the individual who was seized by people a few minutes after Neda was shot, and who was...

A note for future generations: 02/07/2009

My fear, however, is of dying in a land where the wage of the grave-digger is higher than the price of human freedom. Ahmad Shamlu, Iranian contemporary poet After my June 25th interview on BBC regarding my personal observations on Neda Agha Soltan’s brutal murder, I read in the press on July 1st that a warrant had been issued by...

The Times (26/06/2009): Doctor tells how Neda Soltan was shot

They were a few brief minutes that Arash Hejazi will never forget, that have changed his life for ever, that have shocked the world and ripped every last shred of legitimacy from Iran’s tyrannical regime. There was the pandemonium of the protests, the terror as the riot police charged, and the sudden crack. And there was this beautiful young woman...