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It was June 2009 when the protests started The citizens of Iran had finally had enough of their dictatorial president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad After a widely disputed election and allegations of voter tampering and fraud Ahmadinejad once again took power This time however the Iranian people decided to take a stand Ahmadinejads main opponent was a man by the name of Mousavi and his supporters started what we have come to know as the green revolution Utilizing the color green people took the streets en masse to show that they were done with the current regime These peaceful protests soon turned violent as Ahmadinejads cronies raided places such as Tehran University leaving many injured in their wake As the police brutality increased protesters turned to social networking sites to organize The Iranian government had gone to great lengths to try and shut down the internet but the heavily motivated protesters found open web proxies to get their messages out As the days progressed the government crackdown on the internet rose to unprecedented levels and soon the members of the green revolution no longer had any access to the World Wide Web But before the total shutdown protestors had time to upload one very important video to the website YouTube During a particularly volatile demonstration a young Iranian woman by the name of Neda Agha-Soltan got out of her car and was subsequently shot in the chest A fellow protestor with a video camera captured the entire incident It was later determined that the shooter was member of the Basij Ahmadinejads private paramilitary group According to an eye witness the soldier had a clear shot at Nedas heart and took it without hesitation Her death was captured on film and uploaded onto YouTube later that day Almost immediately the video went viral as people all over the world witnessed the inhuman and disgusting actions carried out by the Iranian government The hash tag neda became a worldwide
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