An Arsenal Of Hypocrisy: Iranian Mistreatment Of Peaceful Protesters

Marjan Greenblatt

June 22, 2020, 12:17 p.m.

The tragic death of George Floyd triggered officials in Islamic Republic of Iran to launch a new wave of propaganda that purports to show solidarity with BLM protesters, but it’s hollowness and inauthenticity is easy to spot.  From hosting an "I Can't Breathe" exhibit, or proposing to name a street after George Floyd, the Iranian government has gone out of its way to spotlight and shame American culture.

At the same time, the regime fails to acknowledge its own role in repressing its own people.

Iconic martyrs such as Neda Agha Soltan and Pouya Bakhtiari are rendered unknown, even unmourned, as public ceremonies in their names are banned. The Iranian regime leaders condemn racism and discrimination in America, but then perfect the practice of institutional discrimination against their own Bahai minority, executing people such as 17-year-old Mona Mahmudnizhad and then erasing her legacy by destroying her grave. 

Despite its deep-rooted challenges, the United States is a constantly evolving democracy whose leadership can change. This is a stark contrast to Iran, a country in stasis and one terrorized by its own rulers, where citizenship, peace and justice are still unattainable.  Read more 

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