Yes, even the Grand Ayatollah Ali Hosseini Khamenei is mad about Ferguson.
The fact that I and Iranians take anti-US stance is because of US govt’s arrogance. We have no problems w US as a nation. #Ferguson— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) December 1, 2014
One of Khameni’s tweets included a link to the following video, uploaded to his YouTube account, showing footage of the Ferguson riots with voiceover narration charing the U.S. of violating the human rights of African-American citizens.
That propaganda video is the second in a series of clips posted by Khamenei entitled “395 Years a Slave.” The first video, which was posted in September, blasts the unequal treatment of blacks prior to and during the Civil Rights movement.
Similarly, this series of tweets wasn’t the first time Iran’s de facto leader has referenced the shooting of African-American teenager Michael Brown by Ferguson, Mo. police officer Darren Wilson, as well as the destructive protests and severe police reaction that followed. He has taken to social media to blast the U.S. about the ongoing events with some regularity in recent weeks:
We don't seek to gain the confidence of US; we don't need that. We don't trust you; your ppl do not trust you either. #Ferguson— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) November 27, 2014
If US govt hadn't systematically ban its ppl from knowing the truth, movements like the 99% would've been formed in a larger scale.#Ferguson— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) August 20, 2014
Khameni has attempted to tie the events in Ferguson with one of Iran’s most long-standing criticisms of the United States: America’s deep support for Israel.
Khameni has even taken to utilizing the imagery and language of the Occupy Wall Street movement and the hacktavist collective Anonymous, which has been deeply involved in protesting American law enforcement in Ferguson since the hours after Brown’s death.
Under Khamenei, Iran’s record on human rights isn’t exactly stellar.
A report by the international nonprofit Human Rights Watch, charged that the Iranian government systematically engaged in a torture campaign to suppress political dissenters. When widespread protests arose in the wake of the 2009 elections, which many in the country believed were marred by fraud, the government cracked down by killing dozens of people and arresting thousands more.
The hypocrisy of the Ayatollah’s Ferguson campaign was one many on Twitter were more than happy to point out.
Photo by Sajed.ir of “The Foundation of Holy Defence Values, Archives and Publications”/Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)