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People of Iran remeber Neda on the forthieth day of her death

Today, Thrusday 30 July was the 40th day of Neda Agha Soltan murder by the armed Militia in Tehran. People in Tehran and many other cities went on the streets to commomerate the loss of a young woman who was shot dead in front of millions.

 In Tehran there were clashes between the people and security forces almost everywhere. In Behesht Zahra cemetry plot 257, where Neda is buried, thousands ignored the presence of heavy security forces and gathered at her grave. In upper central Tehran teagas was fired and shootings were heard. Some were detained including two prominent film makers. An observer reported that non-uniform militia have shaved their beards for the first time and their faces is suspiciously white. The same person who called himself 'Amir' warned that  some taxi drivers are being used as informers.

In Shiraz thousands took to the streets and gathered at Melat Park and clashed with the security forces.

In Esfahan the crowd were heard shouting slogans 'Death to the dictator', 'The government of coup must resign'!

In Ahwaz police clashed with demonstrators.

In Rasht people and police clashed, some Basijis were injured.

The last news is that people in Tehran who have gathered in Mosala, are trapped by the security forces. Mosala is a walled open space which is used for religious ceremonies.

Neda Agha Soltan's mother, Hjar Rostami, announced yesterday that she would not attend the Behesht Zahra ceremony. Insterad, she went to a park and lit candles in memory of her beloved daughter. 

Hadi Ghaermi, coordinator of International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said that : "It is unbelievable your child is murdered and no one is accountable. In addition families are forced to silence and deprived to perform a simple ceremony for their loved ones.   He urged the United Nations to send a humasn rights deligation to Iran to investigate the atrocities of recent months.


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