Iran Berates US Over Police Killing, Slams Racism

– Iran took Washington to task on Saturday over the alleged killing of an unarmed black man by a white police officer that sparked protests in the United States over racial injustice.

“Some don’t think #BlackLivesMatter,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Twitter. “To those of us who do: it is long overdue for the entire world to wage war against racism. Time for a #WorldAgainstRacism.”

“The U.S. government is squandering its citizens’ resources,” Zarif said in a tweet echoing a 2018 statement from U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The tweet featured an image of Pompeo’s statement addressing protests in Iran, but with elements crossed out and replaced.

Iran’s foreign ministry earlier denounced the killing in Minneapolis, which has sparked protests in several cities, some of which have turned violent.

A ministry statement condemned what it called “the tragic murder of black people and deadly racial discrimination in the United States”.

“The voices of the protesters must be heard,” it said.

Separately, Iran’s interior minister indicated in an interview that the death toll in November street protests in Iran over fuel price hikes was below 225.

The reported toll has varied between an Amnesty International figure of over 300 and a Reuters account of 1,500 – both dismissed by the authorities.

Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli told state television late on Saturday that 40 to 45 of those killed in the unrest making up 20% of the death toll had not been shot by security forces.

Authorities are likely to announce the official toll in coming days, said Rahmani Fazli, who was blacklisted this month by the United States, which accused him of engaging in human rights abuse.

Hundreds of young and working-class Iranians took to the streets on Nov. 15 to protest against fuel price rises. The protests turned political, with demonstrators burning pictures of senior officials and calling on clerical rulers to step down.

(Reporting by Dubai newsroom; Editing by Giles Elgood; Editing by Christopher Cushing)

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  1. Black soldiers were treated like heroes by the French people following WWI only to be hanged by the KKK after returning to the U.S. because they had become ‘uppity’. It’s a wonderful country we live in!

  2. Hypocrite much? We do know about your people protesting about just about everything. And we know you don’t give them the freedom to do so. So …….

  3. Iran so silly. Ibethejimmyjab and the Ayatollah Assahola are the most disreputable dolts on the planet. If they spent half as much time trying to be peaceful and looking out for their people, Iran would be a prosperous nation. But, Nooooo, they have to attack everyone in every direction. What maroons!!!

  4. WOW, most of the communist/fascist pond scum of the left are here just kissing up and loving that free country who has no freedom, Iran. Your true colors have been shown and you are not an American but are communist/fascist trash. Art and Friend we need to leave this site because of the lying, deceiving and violence addicts of these communists/fascists here.

      1. You are not confused, Centrist.

        Confused Bob The Projectionist projects his fascism onto others, plus he conflates all totalitarianisms into one. In fact, he is the confused one.

  5. Now who thought they would wake up today and agree with Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif? “Time for a #WorldAgainstRacism.”

    1. The Three Stooges (Syphilis, Jonnie and Scotty) are here spewing their BS and stroking each other. How nice.

  6. No country can hold a candle to nationwide, systemic racism in the utterly hypocritical USA.
    NONE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. “Do as we say, not as we do” has been our mantra from the founding of the country. “All men are created equal” referred to all White men with money and land. Do not see that changing.

      1. Well said Phyllis.

        Post slavery, African American men were considered to be 60 % of a man and ALL women simply did not exist as independent, responsible people until the 1970s. The Equal Rights {for women } Amendment, introduced in the 70s, is yet to be ratified.

        In practice; regardless of the law, everywhere in America being a Caucasian male , regardless of intelligence and competence, places one above all other races and ethnicities.

        Being a Caucasian woman means 2nd rate status. All non Caucasian males are 3rd rate and all non Caucasian women are slaves.

          1. Only partially true Scott.

            Access to safe and effective birth control and abortion is limited in some but not all states.

            Any guess on which states limit or prevent said accesses ?

          2. Some states are worse than others, yes, but things still aren’t right in every state. That is because we have a for-profit national health insurance scam instead of a national health CARE system.

            Get rid of that first, then we can disuss this further.

          3. Oh, you are another of those lefties that think 61 plus million babies is the right thing to do. How does it feel to be a murderer scott the asshole. A woman has total control over her body. She can say no before she thinks about hopping into bed. That is called responsibility which is something you and all of your communist/fascist party don’t have, just if it feels good do it and please pass the freebies.

          4. VA woman has total control over her body.” Confused Bob The Projectionist

            Not in our world. That is total unadulterated bullshit.

      2. Awww another bleeding heart. As my WW2 serving dad once told me. “Bleeding heart are phonies and the commies are always in there punching.”

      1. I see you are one those deep thinkers that believes overturning Roe v Wade stops all abortions.

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