Iran's Leader Criticizes U.S. Over Wounded Knee Massacre, Joins #NativeLivesMatter Discussion

Iran's Leader Criticizes U.S. Over Wounded Knee Massacre, Joins #NativeLivesMatter Discussion
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Iran’s supreme leader took to Twitter Monday to excoriate the U.S. over a massacre it exacted upon Native Americans more than 100 years ago and for its recent maltreatment of ethnic minorities by police.

Iranian leader ayatollah Ali Khamenei tweeted a picture of murdered Lakotas – victims of the Wounded Knee Massacre – and wrote: “Wherever westerners went, they destroyed local culture, history and language. #WoundedKnee.” Khamenei added the hashtag #NativeLivesMatter to an earlier tweet with the same message.

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Navajo Generating Station, one of three major power plants in the area

Monday marked 124 years since the U.S. Seventh Cavalry murdered an estimated 300 Lakotas – mostly women and children – and dropped the bodies into a pit in South Dakota. Twenty of the cavalrymen who shot and killed the Lakotas received the Congressional Medal of Honor. The medals have yet to be rescinded.

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Khamenei also tweeted about the recent unrest in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City, seemingly standing in solidarity with ethnic minorities, specifically African-Americans, who have been subjected to police brutality.

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Navajo Generating Station, one of three major power plants in the area

Khamenei has been among the most anti-American voices in Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution overthrew U.S.-allied Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Los Angeles Times reporter Carol B. Williams wrote.