This is the famous video of Neda, a 27 year old woman who was shot to death by the Iranian state two days ago while she was walking home from a protest about the elections that elected Ahmadinejad. She had gone to the protest with a male friend and the two of them were walking home along the street when a sniper on a building across the street shot her in the heart. She died quickly, blood pouring out of her nose and mouth from the chest wound while other protesters gathered around wailing.
I think it makes sense for the state to offer to recount the ballots, as the election does seem to have been irregular. In Iran, ballots are counted by election workers, as in the US. These workers are retirees, professionals, teachers and government workers, once again as in the US.
However, instead of having the poll workers count the ballots as is normally done, the ballot boxes were apparently confiscated after the election by Interior Ministry employees. The Interior Ministry employees were the ones who counted the ballots. This is very irregular for an Iranian election, and it is the first time this has ever happened since 1979. Since the revolution, the elections have all been quite fair, especially by regional standards.
At this point, the state really needs to do a ballot recount. I do not think that another election is warranted. But at the very least the ballots could be counted again. This is one of the things that the protesters were protesting about. They feel that their ballots were not counted properly. It’s a legitimate beef. I really do not understand what the Ahmadinejad crowd is trying to pull off her or why this election was so irregular. I think that this is really going to backfire on these guys.
Most of the other complaints about the election do not appear to hold water.
There was no reason for this beautiful woman to be shot to death. She was walking home from a protest. Big deal. So she deserves to get murdered? Forget it. This video is now going viral on the Internet.