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Obama calls Neda video ‘heartbreaking’

June 23, 2009

“Heartbreaking.”

That was President Barack Obama’s response to a video showing the death of Neda, a young woman who has come to symbolize the uprising against the Iranian government.

The video shows the woman, identified as Neda Agha Soltan, on the ground after apparently being shot, blood streaming over her face as she dies.

“It’s heartbreaking,” Obama said at a news conference. “And I think that anybody who sees it knows that there’s something fundamentally unjust about that.”

He quoted civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King’s expression “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

“We have to believe that ultimately justice will prevail,” Obama said.

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Photo credit: Reuters/Ho New (Frame grab from YouTube shows woman identified as Neda Agha-Soltan)