Iranian-American students at UT and community members have planned a candlelight vigil in Krutch Park in memoriam of those who have lost their lives in the post-election violence in Iran.
The violence began June 12 after questions of ballot fraud were raised regarding the presidential election. Peaceful protesters took to the streets to denounce the elections results, which favored sitting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Soon after, the Iranian police force was called in to suppress the mass protests cropping up in cities around the country. The number of arrested and injured through the violence is more than 1,000, and it is estimated the death toll from these movements could reach into the hundreds.
The vigil will also honor Neda Agha-Soltan, a 26-year-old student whose June 20 death has become a symbol in the opposition’s fight for democracy. Cell phone video footage captured the woman moments after she was shot in the heart by the Basiji militia sniper and her death seconds later. The video has gained worldwide recognition on the Web.
Thursday’s event will be a follow-up to a peaceful demonstration held at West Town Mall June 26. Iranians from the community came together to release green balloons in support of the opposition.
The vigil will be held in the park on Thursday at 7 p.m.