TEHRAN –Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that the killing of George Floyd in police custody had exposed the true nature of the rulers of the United States.
“The crime committed against this black man is the same thing the U.S. government has been doing against all the world,” Iran leader said in televised speech. “This is the U.S. government’s true nature and character that is being exposed today.”
The address came on the occasion of the 31st anniversary of the demise of Islamic Republic’s founder Imam Khomeini. Due to the coronavirus, people did not gather at the Mausoleum of late Imam in Southern Tehran as the focus has been diverted to social media.
“What is seen today is the appearance of truth that was always hidden… this is the sludge remained in the depth of pool that is now surfacing,” Ayatollah said refereing to the US unrest triggered by the death of an African-American at the hands of police.
Cities across U.S are witnessing widespread demonstrations since George Floyd, a black man, died after being pinned to the ground by a white policeman in Minneapolis last week.
Ayatollah Khamenei said what the US has come face to face with today in the form of the protests “is a result of the realities that had always been kept concealed,” and have now risen to the surface causing disgrace for the American administration.
The brutality that was exercised on Floyd is what the United States has been sowing all around the world, the Iran leader stated, saying, “They have done the same in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Vietnam, & many other countries.”
“This is the US government’s nature and character that is being exposed today.”
Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the “I Can’t Breathe” slogan that the American protesters were chanting all across the United States during the protests and called it ”the heartfelt words of all nations against which the US has committed many atrocities.”
As another instance of the US disgraceful behavior, Iran leader cited Washington’s mishandling of the coronavirus’ outbreak, even though the country came to grips with the disease later than other nations.
Ayatollah Khamenei pointed out that Washington has been treating Americans in the worst possible manner, saying the people of the United States have every right to feel embarrassed and ashamed of their administrations, particularly the current one.
Iran leader underlined the late Imam Khomeni’s spirit of “seeking and encouraging change,” calling him a “true leader.”
He recalled how Imam Khomeini also transformed the people’s attitude towards the so-called superpowers and their presumed invincibility to the point that the then US rulers acknowledged that the Imam had “humiliated” them.
“Imam, those who worked for him, and the youth who would mobilize at a wave of his hand, humiliated the superpowers in the true sense of the word, broke down their will, and ousted them from the stage.”
“At that time, no one assumed that anything could be done contrary to what the US willed. Imam Khomeini proved that superpowers are not invincible. We witnessed what happened to the Soviet Union. And today we are watching the US and see what is happening there,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
On the contrary Iran he said, underwent change in various areas and became more powerful than before.
The revolutionary attitude is still alive today, he said, citing the country’s scientific and defensive achievements and noting that Iran has attained the “deterrent status” thanks to its defense power.
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