By now, you must have realized that I Heart Iran tries to show the complexity of Iranian society, varieties of opinion that float in the cyberspace, and how Iranians make use of their limitations and make sense of the information (before and after it goes through the filter and manipulation of the government.)
For a culture that traditionally, commemorates death or its politically vital moments in history by large gatherings, with loud and excessive display of feelings, not being able to publicly remember the death of those killed in the aftermath of 2009 election is grievous and hurtful.
As always, this month, on the third anniversary of June 15, 2009 (post presidential elections) in Iran, Iranians are trying their best. The blogosphere and social media sites are commemorating those unfortunate events and admitting their hope for democracy by poems, articles,videos and songs while the tight security, lack of leader (Green Movements’s key figures such as Mousavi and Karoubi are under house arrest) and fear of punishment keep them at home.
The Images and videos of protests or clashes of the police with people with the title of “three years ago, today” filled Twitter and Facebook:
Though the aftermath of 2009 elections were not limited to the death of Neda Agha Soltan--whose death was captured on camera and seen by the world--her images specially were used to remember those killed during the 2009 unrest. During an innovative move, Iranians who could not attend gatherings in her honor, burn a candle.
Also, Iranians outside of Iran held vigils, talks and gatherings in solidarity with people in Iran.
See a video of a gathering in Toronto here
While putting together this post, I also came across comments and remarks that remembering this day through Neda Agha Soltan is just making a symbol. Is remembering Neda as the symbol of Green Movement, when there is not much any one could do to mark withering movement, making an idol or keeping the fire of the movement alive?By Parisa Saranj, Aslan Media Columnist