• Iran’s Ayatollah Says Blacks ‘Persecuted’ by U.S. Police, Tweets ‘#BlackLivesMatter’

    Iranian supreme leader Ali Hosseini Khamenei used the Baltimore riots to bash the United States over race relations.

    The Ayatollah on Sunday compared police forces in Iran, which he said provides “psychological security,” to American police, which employ cruel “Hollywood-style” power.

    Khamenei said it’s “ridiculous” that black men are killed by police even though President Barack Obama himself is an African-American and accused U.S. police of persecuting African Americans of shooting people on the streets “on false pretexts.”

    “In the U.S., whose president is now a black man, black people are being persecuted, ignored and humiliated by police,” Khamenei said. “They celebrate a day for abolition of slavery, but such crimes are committed against the blacks.”

    His favorite style of might in Iran, he said, entails “power along with justice and mercy,” with law enforcement symbolizing sovereignty and security, not persecution.

    “Power and tyranny are different. In some countries like [the] U.S., police are seemingly powerful but they kill innocents.”

    Khamenei sent a series of tweets US attacking police:

    The ayatollah apparently fancies himself an authority on justice despite Iran’s abuses tracked over many years by human rights groups and foreign governments. The latest State Department report on human rights in Iran  lists numerous abuses, many of which are perpetrated by law enforcement agencies.

    The abuses include:

    unlawful and arbitrary detentions, torture and killing; disappearances; cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment; politically motivated violence and repression, such as beatings and rape; harsh and life-threatening conditions in detention and prison facilities; deaths in custody; arbitrary interference with privacy, family and home; and severe restrictions on the freedoms of assembly, association, and religion.

    Rubber bullets, teargas and live ammunition were used against demonstrators after the disputed re-election of former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009. Iranian police units are also used to crack down on cybercafés, music concerts, and other activities that are viewed as subversive or “un-Islamic.”

    These are the people we should trust with a nuclear agreement.

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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