Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: blacks ‘oppressed’ by police in U.S.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday blasted the United States for “Hollywood-style” policing practices, describing the behavior of the U.S. police toward blacks an example of “cruel power.”

Khamenei told a group of senior Iranian police officers in Tehran that the black minority in the U.S. is subjected to “oppression” and “humiliation” by police, Iran’s state-run Press TV reported.

A 2013 report by the United Nations accused Iran of executing prisoners, including juveniles, and of arresting dissidents who are often tortured in jail, sometimes to death. About 300 executions were announced by the Iranian government last year. Drug-related crimes account for 80 percent of Iran’s executions, and smugglers are denied the right to appeal the death penalty, according to the U.N.

Posted on April 27, 2015 .