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Neda's Grave Defaced—Again

State-sponsored doc says slain Iranian was US agent, blood was fake
By Emily Rauhala,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 8, 2010 5:39 AM CST
Neda's Grave Defaced—Again
Neda Soltan became the face of Iran's opposition movement when she was shot at a rally in Tehran last summer.    (AP Photo/Courtesy Caspian Makan, File)

(Newser) – Neda Soltan's gravestone has, once again, been defaced. The black marble stone bearing her likeness is riddled with bullet holes. It is the second time Iranian government supporters have targeted the slain student's heavily guarded grave; her family put up a new headstone just weeks ago, after the first was smashed. "They didn't just shoot her once," her fiance tells the Times Online. "They continue to shoot at Neda to this day by desecrating her grave.”

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The Iranian government has also stepped up efforts to discredit her legacy. A new documentary produced by state television claims Soltan was a US agent who sprayed fake blood on herself and was shot by co-conspirators, not the state. The doctor who tried to save her as she lay dying called the film "outrageous." (Read more Neda Soltan stories.)

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