Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is using the controversy in Ferguson to blast the U.S. on issues ranging from “crimes” against Iran to the historical oppression of Native Americans and colonialism, using the hashtags #BlackLivesMatter and #NativeLivesMatter.
In a series of tweets over the past few days, Khamenei invoked the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre in which at least 150 Native Americans were killed by U.S. troops in order to make his point that Western culture is "aggressive."
Western culture is an aggressive one.Wherever Westerners went, they destroyed local culture, history& language. #NativeLivesMatter 10/14/12— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) December 29, 2014
Khamenei tied in the “BlackLivesMatter” call with Jesus while he purported to be speaking out in defense of the “oppressed.”
Some who commented on the tweets pointed out Iran’s dismal human rights record and its persecution of gays and religious minorities.
Iran experts believe the Twitter feed is legitimate and is run by Khamenei’s office.
Featured image: AP Photo/Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader.