Report: Neda's Family Forced Out of Home

Check out today's earlier coverage on heated protests and more violent clashes between demonstrators and security forces.

According to an un-bylined report on The Guardian's Web site, Iranian authorities have forced the family of Neda Agha Soltan to leave their apartment in east Tehran. Amateur video of Soltan's apparent death at a rally on Saturday has become a YouTube sensation and galvanized the opposition movement, as The Post's Thomas Erdbrink wrote yesterday.

According to The Guardian,


Neighbours said that her family no longer lives in the four-floor apartment building on Meshkini Street, in eastern Tehran, having been forced to move since she was killed. The police did not hand the body back to her family, her funeral was cancelled, she was buried without letting her family know and the government banned mourning ceremonies at mosques, the neighbors said.

"We just know that they [the family] were forced to leave their flat," a neighbour said. The Guardian was unable to contact the family directly to confirm if they had been forced to leave.

The Post has not confirmed the details of The Guardian report. According to Erdbrink's story, BBC Persian, a Web site run by the BBC in Farsi, quoted a man it described as Agha Soltan's fiance as saying that her body was buried "in a small area in the Zahra Cemetery in the late afternoon" on Sunday.

The video that turned Soltan into an icon of the opposition can be seen here. But be forewarned, the footage is unedited and very graphic.

According to The Post's Jose Antonio Vargas's story on how the Iranian protests have played out online, a Wikipedia page about Soltan created late Saturday night has been edited hundreds of times since it was posted.

--Liz Heron

June 24, 2009; 4:58 PM ET  | Category:  world
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Ahamadinejad and his political cronies are animals. It they treat the Iranian people in such brutal and savage manner, they probably would not hesitate for a moment to use nuclear power to attack us. They just don't seem to have respect for human life. Ahmadinejad and the Supreme Leader should be considered extremely dangerous and a threat to world peace.

Posted by: fridaolay | June 24, 2009 5:19 PM

I think that all organized religion is evil. However, it is clear that Islam is the most evil major religion of all. Iran is a good example of the sort of depraved society we have when Islam is in charge. As its' main credo Islam asks for "Death to The Infidel".
It is time that the world recognize the evils of Islam and stop supporting this evil religion. If there really is a God he / she will have a special place in Hell for the Ayatollahs of Iran.

Posted by: jimeglrd8 | June 24, 2009 6:55 PM

The link to the video is not working at present.

Posted by: dotellen | June 24, 2009 7:30 PM

Reminds me of when the Canadian reporter was killed in custody by security forces. You can read about it here:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/kazemi/
They also would not return the body to her family in Canada.

This is a sick regime. Neda is the Iranian people's Pearl Harbor. I think killing her then quickly burying her and kicking the family out of their home will only awaken the sleeping bear of the Iranian people and fill them with a terrible resolve. I had thought the Iranian regime would survive. Not any more. They now have a focus for their new revolution. The question is only how the people will carry it out and what they will replace it with.

Posted by: bevjims1 | June 24, 2009 10:13 PM

The number of Iranian protestors and their intensity is showing those in power that the people will not tolerate such oppression much longer. I think the reason Iran continues to unhold its brutal behavior in the face of its peoples opposition is because time is running out and this may be its last chance for imposing nuclear destruction on the world.

Posted by: stillofnight | June 24, 2009 10:20 PM

There is a piece of hearsay going round and round which is hard to discredit:
Mullah’s coroner removed the “femur’, thigh bone, of Neda before being pick up by her family to be transplanted in the thigh of the 4th wife of a grand Mullah. Additionally, they charged the victim’s family a lot of money for the cost of the bullet that killed Neda.

This is ridiculous for the people of the world to call anything as propaganda. Mark these word, Mullah’s deranged killers are more dangerous that any black force in the history of mankind. Think twice. Come to your senses. I, the commenter herein, have nothing to lose. It is you who loses! Don’t give the evil another chance to breed. You Europeans cannot withstand the Mullahs’ raid. After the victory, first thing they do is put all your men in a clay barrel with a hole in it to expose their penis in order to circumcise them without anesthetics. And many other measures.

Do you know why? Mullahs have been implementing the Orwellian Government, step by step in the past 30 years, in Iran. They have installed their own ‘telescreens’ sold to them by western business men and Oil carters. Iranians used to have a fairly peaceful life up to 1979 when Jimmy Carter a hand picked stooge of Illuminati toppled the Shah of Iran and made all necessary arrangement to support the Mullahs. They wrote a constitution for the Mullahs so that they can rule for ever. For 30 years, western mass media has misled the world by calling Ahmadijejad the president of Iran, ignoring the fact that the Head Mullah, God’s sole representative on earth, is Commander-in-Chief and you name it. Now, it’s getting too late to revert.

Posted by: samuel-w | June 25, 2009 3:39 AM

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