Do Boomers still care: protests and Iran, Neda Agha-Soltan
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Updated July 10, 2018
Protests Then and Now
Now it is 2018, and protests are continuing in teh United States, Iran, and other places around the world.
Do Boomers Still Care?
At one time we felt things so strongly that we went into the streets to protest the Vietnam War, Watergate, and civil rights abuses. Now we only seem to walk in the street when we want to get from one side to the other. Do we still care?
Anti-war Vietnam War protests
Anti-war Vietnam War protests
Vivid images from Iran in 2009 showed hundreds of thousands of people in the streets, protesting what they believed were stolen elections, and that aroused a familiar chord in some of us. True, our perception of Iran -- in the USA and most of the world -- has plummeted drastically in recent years. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, once the face of Iran, has been a particularly unappealing face. It is with some surprise, then, that we discovered so many people in Iran also didn't like his politics. Some didn't like it enough that they were willing to be beaten or killed, if that's what it took to get rid of him.
Iran protest rally
Iran protest rally
Perhaps the most searing image that emerged from those young, hopeful faces confronting the Iranian government, was the last moments of a 26 year old woman, Neda Agha-Soltan. Studying to be a tour guide, she was out with friends to be part of what was happening, when a bullet cut her down as she stood on the road in stalled traffic. A video captured those moments as friends frantically tried to stop the blood which welled up from her.
Neda Agha-Soltan killed in Tehran
Neda Agha-Soltan, 26 years old,
killed in Tehran, Iran on 20 June 2009
See the video here
Yes, we see these things in the news. But do we care? Are we willing to do anything at all to register even a small bit of protest? Or have the years pounded all that out of us? What's your opinion? You can share your thoughts here about a government that shoots its own people in the street, and should we care?
Revolutions have been sweeping other countries in this part of the world as well.
Assad's Shia Muslim minority in Syria suppressed the Sunni Muslim majority for many years, then shifted to excessive force in hope of clinging to power. In 2017, BBC reported that over 300,000 had been killed in the Syrian revolution.
Hezbollah -- the Shia force in Lebanon -- has also been supported by Iran's Shia leaders. Of course Hezbollah joined the fighting in Syria alongside Assad and Iran's leadership. Just like the events in Iran, this fight is aginst the people of the country. See related article on the Syria revolution.
Protesting in Syria
Protests rally in Syria
God bless you, Neda. You are an inspiration to me. You will never know how much you have changed my life -- thank you.
-- Marion L., UK
Neda! We nation of Iran apologize on behalf of the government of Iran for not protecting you and many other young people who have (been) killed because their demand for freedom! Rest in peace.
-- Saba, Tehran, Iran
Your post gave me some good ideas, it's really awesome. Thanks.
-- Murk, Munich, Germany
Aseara am auzit pentru prima data despre acest sufletel numit: Neda Agha-Soltan , urmarind un film pe canalul Tb-HBO. Multumesc in Numele Tuturor celor care Lupta pentru Drepturile omului, drepturi fundamentale, morale si firesti, Multumesc Ei ca a trait pentru cei ca Noi. Multumesc si parintilor Ei ca au dat Nastere unui Suflet Angelic precum era Ea.
-- Dinescu Adrian Roberto, Bucharest, Romania
[Last night I first heard about Neda Agha-Soltan, watching a movie on the HBO channel. I give thanks on behalf of all those who fight for human rights, fundamental rights that are moral and natural. Thanks to those who live for us. Thanks to her parents that gave birth to the angelic soul she was.]
No body can forget you. You were a candle in the wind that inflamed our heart and turned on the way. You will be always in our mind.
-- Kave H, Tehran, Iran
Muito triste o que aconteceu, uma linda mulher se foi, que ela descanse em paz.
-- Elvys Cleber, Porto Velho Ro, Brasil
[It was very sad what happened, she was a beautiful woman, may she rest in peace.]
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-- Joseph, NYC
I feel deeply in my heart for this young child of God . . . she deserved to live every day of her life just as any member of government, or any friend or foe. We need to make peace the future of this planet.
-- Mitch, Canada
From the mother of Neda Agaha-Soltan:
I want you, on my behalf, to thank everyone around the world, Iranians and non-Iranians, people from every country and culture, people who in their own way, their own tradition, have mourned my child. Everyone who lit a candle for her, every musician who wrote songs for her, who wrote poems about her, I want to thank all of them.
-- Hajer Rostam Motlagh
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