By Maryam Sinaiee
May 30, 2020
The Iranian Foreign Ministry on Friday called on the United States to “listen to the voice of protesters” and stop imposing limitations on the media.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran expresses its regret about the killings of African-Americas, condemns the deadly racism in the United States and calls on American authorities to carry out justice in the cases of such killings,” the Foreign Ministry said in a tweet on Friday.
“The voices of protesters must be heard. The suppression of Americans and limitation of the media must immediately stop,” the tweet said.
Iranian Foreign Ministry’s tweet.
In another tweet on May 28 the Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi had said the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police was “a harrowing demonstration of systematic racism and white supremacy” glorified by the current U.S. administration.
Many Iranian social media users have pointed out that the Islamic Republic and its defenders use the Floyd incident in United States to justify repression in Iran.
Foreign Ministry Spokesman’s Tweet.
Hossein Mousavi, a former ambassador to Germany and Spokesman of Iran’s Nuclear team, in a tweet on Friday alleged that if what happened in Minnesota had happened in Iran “Western officials and major Western media would say it deserved to be taken to the U.N. Security Council and numerous human rights sanctions against Iran”.
However, most of the comments under Mousavian’s Twitter post reminded him of the thousands executed in Iranian prisons in the 1980s, the people who have disappeared with no trace over the years, and hundreds of demonstrators including children killed in various peaceful protests. “Do you read the news about Iran or you are only occupied with America,” a user asked Mousavian.
“Why do you pretend you don’t understand? Do you think others will not know? Who says these things happen ‘systematically’ in the United States?,” another user replied to him and reminded him that his favorite regime cannot even tolerate Sunni Muslims let alone followers of other faiths.
Another user said a police killing like this would not even make headlines in Iran, the family of the deceased would be harassed and even a funeral ceremony would not be allowed.