Portrait of an Iranian martyr
I remember when I first saw the video on YouTube. I was shocked, And I was angry. So I painted the only known image of Neda Soltan.
Materials: Acrylic on MDF board.
Availability: This painting is in a private collection.
The story behind Neda Soltan
This is Neda Soltan, the young woman who was murdered in the streets of Tehran during large scale protests at the corrupt election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. She was killed in cold blood by Abbas Kargar Javid, a pro-government militiaman.
Neda Soltan died on the 20th of June 2009. Within hours a video of her death went viral. It can be seen on YouTube here. I saw the video, like millions of others, and burst into tears. I was horrified that such a senseless death could have happened in the name of defending a corrupt and tyrannical government. The Iranian government had manipulated the votes, and the election was widely seen by many in the western world as rigged. Even worse was the fact that Neda Soltan wasn’t even in the street to protest. She was merely a bystander.
Since Neda’s death, the Iranian government has continued to obfuscate and peddle lies that the CIA killed her. They have also desecrated her grave.
Neda should have won the 2009 Nobel peace prize, not Barack Obama – even he acknowledged it in his acceptance speech.
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