Grisly video of woman killed in Iran provokes worldwide response
A gruesome video purportedly showing a woman shot to death during a protest in Tehran has struck an emotional chord, rocketing around the Internet and putting an all-too-human face on Iran's political turmoil.
The 40-second clip, posted Saturday on YouTube, shows a woman on the ground, surrounded by frantic men pressing her neck in an effort to stanch the bleeding.
As her eyes roll back, blood begins pouring from her mouth as screams rise up from the crowd.The person who posted the video, who goes FEELTHELIGHT wrote that she was shot from a rooftop by a member of the pro-government Basij militia.
He had clear shot at the girl and could not miss her. However, he aimed straight her heart. I am a doctor, so I rushed to try to save her, the post reads. But the impact of the gunshot was so fierce that the bullet had blasted inside the victim's chest, and she died in less than 2 minutes.
Neither the video nor the information posted on YouTube has been independently verified.
Still, the response has been swift around the world.
The video has been shown on TV and posted on Facebook and Twitter; the original Youtube post had 135,000 views Sunday.
Also Sunday, another video surfaced that supposedly shows her with her father at a protest just before the shooting.
She is being called Neda, which is Farsi for the voice, though it is unclear if that was her name.
(When) these events are over, we have to find out the name of every Iranian killed during these days, never forget them, one commenter on YouTube posted. I never met this woman, but I mourn her and for her family.