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The Times names killed Iranian protester Neda 'person of the year'

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2009-12-28

Neda Agha-Soltan, the Iranian student shot dead during protests after Iran's disputed elections who became an international icon of the opposition movement, has been named "person of the year" by British newspaper The Times.

AFP - A British newspaper on Saturday named an Iranian woman shot dead during protests against her country's disputed June elections as its "person of the year".

The Times said Neda Agha-Soltan became a "global symbol of opposition to tyranny" after images of her bleeding to death during the protests in Tehran were shown around the world.

"Ms Soltan, 26, joined the protest because she was outraged at the way that the regime stole the presidential election," the newspaper said on its front page that included a photograph of protesters holding pictures of her.

"She wanted to make a difference, she said. She had no idea quite what an impact she would have. Mobile phone footage of her bleeding to death on a pavement flashed around the world.

"It tore the last shreds of legitimacy from the regime, made her a global symbol of opposition to tyranny, and inspired the Green Movement in a region where populations are all too easily cowed."

The move risks angering Iranian hardliners who say Neda's killing was "staged" to denigrate the regime, claiming there have been fabricated reports about the incident, including "widespread propaganda" by the foreign media.

Hundreds of thousands of opposition supporters poured into Iranian streets in week-long protests in June over the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, saying the vote was rigged.

The demonstrations were suppressed following a call by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who gave his strong backing to Ahmadinejad and warned the opposition against continued street protests.

The opposition movement has continued however to mount protests, with some members wearing the colour green in support of defeated rival presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi.

Iran last month reportedly denounced Oxford University after one of its colleges set up a scholarship in honour of Neda, accusing it of joining a "politically motivated" campaign.

Date created : 2009-12-26

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