The Moment

6|23|09: Tehran

Her eyes search out the camera, begging to tell a story, but it is too late: she is dying as we watch. The videotaped killing of Neda Agha-Soltan, pierced through the heart by the bullet of an unknown assailant as she watched a demonstration in Tehran, is forbidden viewing in Iran. But for the world, it has become the defining image of the protests that followed her country's widely discounted presidential election. From Berlin to Los Angeles to the Iranian expatriate community of Tel Aviv (above), the image of her bloodied face has been carried aloft by outraged protesters.

As an...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!