Basij commander lambasts US apartheid against black Americans

TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of Iran’s Basij (volunteer) Force Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi blasted the White House for trampling on human rights and suppressing the Black population in the US.

“The vast protests and their continuation in two hundred cities show the depth of the racist crimes of the American regime,” Naqdi said, addressing Basij commanders in the Northern city of Semnan on Saturday.

“The racist behavior of the US towards the Blacks and the Hispanics who constitute 35 percent of the US society is severely violent and inhumane and such massive reactions (by the public) indicate the depth of the regime’s violence,” he added.

Naqdi deplored the US racist treatment of the Black Americans, reminding that one black person is killed by the US police every 28 hours.

Naqdi said the US judiciary has violated the rights of the Black people and exercised cruelty against them by deferring a trial of the police officer who killed Michael Brown, a teenage black, in Ferguson, Missouri.

He described the US cruelty against the blacks in Ferguson and its all-out support for the child-killer Zionist regime as related and interwoven, and said such oppressions and cruelties will backfire on Washington.

Naqdi also pointed to the tyranny and hegemony of the US and the Zionist media in the world, and said, “Owning a major part of the world’s main news media outlets, the US regime is exercising tight censorship (on the events in Ferguson and other parts of the world which reveal its atrocities).”

Ferguson, a mostly African-American suburb of St Louis of some 21,000 residents, has been shaken by protests since the police killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed teen, as he walked with a friend on a residential street in the afternoon on August 9.

Missouri National Guard troops was later deployed to tackle the violence, which grew fiercer as peaceful protesters were joined by protestors from California and New York, police said. Law enforcement officers have been criticized for using tear gas, rubber bullets and other heavy-handed measures.

Protesters accuse police of racial discrimination against African-Americans and are demanding justice for 18-year-old Brown who was killed by a white police officer Darren Wilson.

Wilson, 28, was put on leave since the August 9 shooting and has gone into hiding. Protesters insist that Wilson will be arrested for shooting Brown at least six times.

Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said clashes between police and protesters in Ferguson shows that “apartheid is flourishing” in the US, similar to South Africa during the apartheid era.

Pillay also condemned the excessive use of force by police against demonstrators and urged US authorities to investigate allegations of brutality and examine the “root causes” of racial discrimination in the country.

“I condemn the excessive use of force by the police and call for the right of protest to be respected,” she stated. “These scenes are familiar to me and privately I was thinking that there are many parts of the United States where apartheid is flourishing.”

By Fars News Agency


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