Khamenei is Correct: What Happened to George Floyd ‘Is What the US Has Been Doing to The Whole World

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Ayatollah: What Happened to George Floyd ‘Is What the US Has Been Doing to The Whole World’

(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.”

“They did the same thing to Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. They did this to many other countries and they did the same to Vietnam before,” he said.

“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!”

World leaders condemn George Floyd killing as violence spreads in Babylon

World leaders condemn George Floyd killing as violence spreads in U.S.

North America 22:46, 03-Jun-2020

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World leaders have voiced condemnation over the May 25 killing of George Floyd by police in the United States, as his death prompted waves of angry and sometimes violent protests in cities across the U.S. and around the world.

U.S. President Donald Trump has faced heated criticism for using force outside the White House to dispel peaceful demonstrators against racial injustice.

Federal police on Monday abruptly fired rubber bullets and tear gas into a peaceful crowd in Lafayette Park outside the White House, permitting Trump to walk through for a brief photo-op at a historic church that had suffered damage the night before.

From Amsterdam to Nairobi, protesters highlighted allegations of abuse of black prisoners by their jailers, social and economic inequality, and institutional racism lingering from the colonial pasts of the Netherlands, Britain and France.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned racism and called for efforts to end inequality and discrimination.

“Racism is an abhorrence that we must all reject… Addressing inequality & discrimination, strengthening support for the most vulnerable and providing opportunities for everyone,” he tweeted.

He also urged law enforcement to “show restraint in responding to demonstrations.”

While peaceful protesters joined the Black Lives Matter march in Hyde Park in London, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the killing of the unarmed African-American man by police.

“I think what happened in the United States was appalling, inexcusable,” Johnson told MPs in parliament, in his first public comment on the case. “We all saw it on our screens and I perfectly understand people’s right to protest what took place,” he added. “Obviously I also believe that protests should take place in a lawful and reasonable way.”

But Johnson avoided answering questions as to whether he had raised the matter with Trump.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the police killing shows the “true face” of the United States and its oppression of the peoples of the world, including its own.

“The fact that a policeman has cold-bloodedly pressed his knee on the throat of a black man until he died and that other policemen watched on without doing anything is nothing new,” Khamenei said in a televised speech on Wednesday.

“It is the true face of America, it’s what it has always done all over the world – in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and other countries, and before that in Vietnam… It is the normal course of action of the United States, it’s the true face of their regime,” Khamenei said.

“These are realities that have always been camouflaged or hidden, but they are not new,” he said.

Asked about Trump’s threat to use military force against protesters, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paused for 21 seconds and took aim at social injustice.

“We all watch in horror and consternation at what is going on in the United States,” he said. “It is a time to pull people together … it is a time to listen. It is a time to learn, when injustices continue despite progress over years and decades.”

But he avoided directly criticizing Trump’s handling of the situation.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called the anti-racism protests “understandable and more than legitimate.”

“I hope that these peaceful protests won’t slide further into violence, but even more than that I hope that they will make a difference in the United States,” Maas said.

(With input from Reuters, AFP)

(Cover: People wearing protective face masks hold up signs during a protest against the death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis, London, Britain, June 3, 2020. /CCTV)