(CNSNews.com) – What a white policeman did to George Floyd “is what the U.S. has been doing to the whole world,” Iran’s supreme leader said on Wednesday, citing American military intervention in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei lashed out at the United States during a televised ceremony marking the 31st anniversary of his predecessor’s death.
Officials in the Iranian regime, which is accused of killing up to 1,500 protestors late last year, have been vocally criticizing the U.S. amid the protests over Floyd’s death, and Khamenei is the latest to weigh in.
“A police officer coldly holds his knee on a black man’s neck and pushes until he dies, while the man keeps entreating and begging him to stop,” he said, in reference to the treatment of Floyd during an arrest in Minneapolis last week.
The four police officers involved were fired a day after Floyd died. One now faces second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter charges, and the other three have been charged with aiding and abetting the alleged murder.
“This is not a new incident,” Khamenei continued. “It is the nature of U.S. governments. This is what the U.S. has been doing to the whole world.”
“The people’s slogan of ‘I can’t breathe’ which can be heard in massive protests throughout the U.S., is in fact the heartfelt words of all nations which the U.S. oppressively entered and took action [in].”
Other excerpts of the speech, posted on an official Khamenei website, included the lines:
“By God’s favor and grace, the US has been disgraced as a result of its own actions. Their management of the Coronavirus brought them to disgrace, and their weak handling of the situation caused them to have several times as many casualties as other countries. The American people feel embarrassed and ashamed of their government.”
Khamenei on Thursday posted a clip from the speech on his English-language Twitter account, which has almost 782,000 followers. (He also has accounts in Farsi, Arabic, Russian, French, Spanish and Urdu.)
In another Twitter post earlier this week, Khamenei likened U.S. police officers to ISIS terrorists. He embedded a short clip featuring an excerpt of a 2015 speech, in which he said, “Today, we are as much opposed to the savage and oppressive behavior of ISIS in Iraq and Syria as we are to the oppressive behavior of America’s federal police inside their own country. Both of them are the same.”
Also appearing in the clip, a familiar image of armed ISIS terrorists on the back of pickup trucks was doctored to add American police cruiser lights to one of the vehicles.
The recent tweets have included the hashtags #GeorgeFloyd and #BlackLivesMatter.
Among responses to his latest post, international human rights lawyer Arsen Ostrovsky tweeted, “Stop hijacking #GeorgeFloyd, you miserable tyrant. You have no right to lecture others on racism, let alone America. You still hang kids, stone women, execute gays and call for ‘Final Solution’ against Israel. Just SHUT UP already!”