Iran halloo on US to ‘stop brutality’ against its own people
The Iranian foreign ministry has called on the United States to “stop brutality” against its own people in the emergence of large protests across the nation succeeding the police killing in Minneapolis of another black man.
“To the American people: the world has heard your outcry over the state of oppression. The world is standing with you,” foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said at a news conference in Tehran on Monday.
“And to the American officials and police: stop violence against your people and let them breathe,” he told reporters in English.
Dozens of people have taken to the streets across the US in current days to protest against police cruelty and demand tougher, first-degree murder charges and more charges over the death of George Floyd in police custody on May 25.
“We deeply regret to see the American people, who peacefully seek respect and no more violence, being suppressed indiscriminately and met with utmost violence,” Mousavi told reporters in English.
He also indicted the US, a longtime rival of Iran, of “practising violence and bullying at home and abroad”.
The most atimes violent protests in the US have gained universal coverage in Iranian media, especially on state television, which currently aired a programme indicting the US of institutional racism.
Iran was denounced by the US after deadly street violence that broke out in Iran in November during protests set of by an unexpected petrol price hike.