Report: Neda's Family Forced Out of Home
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.
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