Iran Lawmakers Chant “Death to America” as U.S. Protests Over George Floyd’s Death Intensify

Per Jason Brodsky:

New video of #Iran MP Ahmad Naderi leading parliament with chants of ‘Death to America’ “in solidarity” with protesters in U.S. Naderi yesterday said talks with the U.S. would bring “eternal shame.” Vice-Speaker Amir-Hossein Ghazizadeh Hashemi is presiding.

Newsweek reports a session of Iran’s parliament erupted in shouts of “Death to America” on Sunday as protests rocking major U.S. cities over the killing of a George Floyd, a black man in police custody.

The chants came at the behest of lawmaker Ahmad Naderi, who asked those in attendance “to show respect for the movement of the oppressed in the U.S.” with their slogan. Vice Speaker Amir-Hossein Ghazizadeh Hashemi, who is seen presiding over the gathering, joined in on the calls in footage of the session.

That same day, Hashemi retweeted a December 2018 video of a white cop kneeling on a black woman during an arrest in Bellevue, Washington. The clip was initially posted by a civil rights activist and then shared by Iranian Ministry of Health spokesperson Kiavash Jahanapur, who said it showed one of many examples of injustice in the U.S. and wrote the hashtag “America rises against racism” in Persian.

Trump administration officials such as White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien said Tehran is seeking to foment and take advantage of the discord across the U.S. After Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif last week shared an old U.S. statement repurposed to instead condemn Washington, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attacked Tehran’s human rights record, tweeting: “You hang homosexuals, stone women and exterminate Jews.”

Zarif then shared a still from Pompeo’s Texas A&M lecture in which he told students he “lied,” “cheated” and “stole” during his tenure as director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), alongside images of an Iranian stamp bearing the likeness of slain U.S. Islamic cleric and activist Malcolm X and a vigil for Floyd. The top Iranian diplomat compared the “knee-on-neck” technique that killed Floyd to the “maximum pressure” campaign against the Iranian economy.

The mocking rhetoric has grown as more Iranian officials and high-level figures have said they sympathize with the intensifying U.S. protests. Activists said they have been demonstrating against systematic racism and police brutality after Floyd’s death during a police encounter last month in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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