Tehran: Iran’s top leader said on Wednesday that police killed George Floyd, an unarmed African-American, showing the “true face” of the United States and its oppression of people around 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 knew,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a televised speech.
“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 in a speech on the 31st anniversary of the death of his predecessor, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
Protests triggered by the killing of a white policeman in Minneapolis, Minneapolis, Floyd raged across the United States for a week, and President Donald Trump ordered the army to intervene.
The once-in-a-lifetime turmoil coincided with the outbreak of the world’s deadliest coronavirus in the United States.
Epidemiologists have expressed concern that thousands of people who protested at close range coughed violently when hit by police tear gas, which will lead to a new wave of infection.
“Thank God, (US leaders) have already been discredited by their actions — their handling of the coronavirus has discredited and shamed them around the world,” Khamenei said of the 106,000 deaths from COVID-19 already registered in the United States.
When Iran was killed from one of the world’s highest COVID-19 deaths earlier this year, it itself was strongly criticized by enemies from the United States.
As of Wednesday, the Iranian Ministry of Health announced a total of 8012 deaths. Although this number has been underestimated by some people including Washington, it has not been announced.
After Trump unilaterally withdrew the United States from the landmark nuclear agreement and re-implemented brutal sanctions, the tension between Tehran and Washington sharply escalated in 2018.