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To support US protesters, Iranian lawmakers chant ‘Death to America’

Media in Iran, whose regime used deadly force to put down demonstrators last year, says chants followed minute of silence held for George Floyd

Iranian lawmakers chant "death to America" in an alleged show of support for US protesters demonstrating against George Floyd's killing by a police officer, at the Iranian parliament in the capital Tehran, June 7, 2020. (Screen capture: Instagram)
Iranian lawmakers chant "death to America" in an alleged show of support for US protesters demonstrating against George Floyd's killing by a police officer, at the Iranian parliament in the capital Tehran, June 7, 2020. (Screen capture: Instagram)

TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian media reported lawmakers in parliament chanted “Death to America” during a session the previous day, allegedly in a show of support for protesters in the US over the killing of George Floyd.

The report on Monday said the chants followed a request by lawmaker Ahmad Naderi for a moment of silence over deaths of protesters.

Iran has made a point of criticizing Washington daily in the wake of the ongoing turmoil in America and protests over police killings of African Americans.

State television in Iran, which in November put down nationwide demonstrations by killing hundreds, arresting thousands and disrupting internet access to the outside world, has repeatedly aired images of the US unrest.

Last week, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the killing of Floyd by a police officer showed the “true face” of the United States and its oppression of the peoples of the world, including its own. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called the killing “brutal” and expressed support for protesters in the US.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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