Following the eruption of violence in Ferguson, Missouri, some apparent supporters of Middle East Islamists added their voice to the debate, accusing the U.S. of being a “fake” democracy, likening the U.S. to a terrorist group, and calling for Shariah law to be implemented in the U.S.
It all came as a result of the no indictment of police officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Journalist Jenan Moussa with the Dubai-based Al Aan television first reported Tuesday morning that supporters of the Islamic State group and others were actively commenting on the Ferguson developments using Arabic hashtags which translate to “America burning” and “America collapsing.”
The vast majority posted their thoughts in Arabic, but some posted in English.
One Twitter user took the opportunity to criticize the U.S. military’s use of drones in pursuit of terrorism suspects.
The same user also called for the flag of Allah to be raised at the White House:
This photo montage was added to the Twitter conversation accompanied by the Arabic headline “America collapsing.”
Reporter Moussa’s tweet about the existence of the Arabic hashtags on the Ferguson strife also elicited responses, including these:
@jenanmoussa ah the whiny chant of the universal brotherhood of perpetual victims.— Mazakry (@mazakry) November 25, 2014