Neda Salehi Agha-Soltan (Persian: ندا صالحی آقا سلطان - Nedā Sālehi Āġā Soltān; 1982 – June 20, 2009) is an Iranian woman whose fatal shooting on 20 June 2009 provided a rallying cry for Iranians protesting that country's 2009 presidential elections.
Agha-Soltan was the middle child and only daughter of a middle-class family of three children, whose family resided in a fourth floor apartment on Meshkini Street in the the Tehranpars neighborhood of Tehran. Her father is a civil servant and her mother is a homemaker. She graduated from Islamic Azad University, where she had studied the traditions and values of Islam as well as the philosophies of the world.
Agha-Soltan was an aspiring, underground Persian popular singer and musician, who was studying her craft through private voice and music lessons. She had studied the violin and had an as-yet-undelivered piano on order at the time of her death.She worked for her family's travel agency. Agha-Soltan loved travel, having saved up enough to have gone on package tours with her friends to Dubai, Thailand and Turkey. She had studied Turkish, in hopes that it someday would aid her as a guide for Iranians on foreign tours there. It was in Turkey.
Those who knew her maintain that Agha-Soltan had not previously been very political – she had not supported any particular candidate in the 2009 Iran elections – but that anger over the election results prompted her to join the protest.Her voice and music teacher, Hamid Panahi, who was accompanying Agha-Soltan during the protest and can be seen on the video trying to comfort the dying woman, told the media: "She couldn't stand the injustice of it." Panahi went on to state: "All she wanted was the proper vote of the people to be counted. She wanted to show with her presence that, 'I'm here, I also voted, and my vote wasn't counted'. It was a very peaceful act of protest, without any violence."
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On June 20, 2009, at around 6:30 pm, Agha-Soltan was shot and killed allegedly by security forces during a protest against the outcome of the 2009 Iranian presidential election.