Sunday, July 21, 2013

"Iran condemns Zimmerman’s acquittal" (Mehr News-Iran)

Iran's government and press frequently try to score cheap points by weighing in on "progressive" issues:
Iran on Wednesday lambasted the recent court verdict acquitting U.S. neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in death of an unarmed black teenager.

The acquittal of the murderer of the black teenager once again displayed the systematic racism against religious and ethnic minorities in the United States, Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Araqchi said.

He added that the verdict has seriously called into question the fairness of the justice system in the United States.

Araqchi also advised the U.S. government and its Judiciary to abide by international law and human rights commitments and take practical steps to put an end to discriminatory acts.
A PressTV article from last week combines this theme with an anti-Jewish angle:
. . . Zimmerman is of Jewish decent.

The same way in New York where you had the Central Park jogger who was a Jewish woman who was killed, not killed but beaten by a Latin man, they rounded up a whole bunch of Black men and put them in jail for years. Then it came out that they were innocent. [...]
Is Rouhani here to usher in a great new age of Iranian moderation? Not so far.

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