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Neda Agha-Soltan, the Iranian woman killed in a Tehran street protest
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A Shot Heard Round the World
Most media coverage of the protests that greeted Iran's widely disparaged presidential election results were already being captured and transmitted by camera phone and text message, so it's perhaps only fitting that the last moments of 26-year-old Neda Agha-Soltan's life were captured on a grainy cell-phone video. The 40-second clip, which has become an Internet sensation, is a graphic testament to the protests' brutal suppression: Neda, searching the camera with helpless eyes, struggles for life after being shot in the chest during a Tehran street demonstration, as bystanders crowd around desperately trying to help. Her name, which is Farsi for voice or calling, has become a rallying cry for the growing opposition movement and a symbol of their resistance.

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