Anglican Samizdat

June 22, 2009

Iran bans prayers for murdered woman

Filed under: Politics — David Jenkins @ 11:05 pm

From the Telegraph:

Iran’s regime has issued a ban on memorials for a young woman whose death has become the focal point of protests against the clerical regime.

Neda Agha Soltan, 27, was dubbed the Angel of Freedom after a video which appeared to show her being shot by a government sniper was posted on the internet.

Graphic scenes show Neda – her name means “the call” – walking with her father among demonstrators, then separately when she was shot as well as attempts to save her life.

The Iranian authorities have now sent out a circular to mosques banning collective prayers for the woman.

A sniper killing an innocent young woman is bad enough, but what kind of systematically evil regime would ban prayers or a memorial for the victim. The one in Iran, it seems; this could backfire on the “authorities”.


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