A group of Iranian university students have staged a protest in front of the Swiss Embassy in the capital Tehran against the recent gruesome killing of African American citizen George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer.
According to Press TV, the students gathered outside the Swiss Embassy, which represents Washington’s interests in Iran, on Wednesday afternoon to condemn racism in the US and violent suppression of protesters.
The protesters held placards that denounced the US crackdown on the protests against systematic racism in the country.
They also chanted anti-racism slogans while holding pictures depicting the US police brutality against demonstrators.
Foreign students studying in Iranian universities also participated in the Tehran rally.
The protesters also held a candle-lit vigil outside the Swiss Embassy in memory of the victims of the US police brutality.
Floyd, an unarmed African American man, was pinned to the ground by a white officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25. The officer knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly ten minutes as Floyd pleaded “I can’t breathe.”
The Iranian Foreign Ministry has strongly denounced rampant bloodshed of African-Americans in the United States and the country’s suppression of the protests that have engulfed the US in the aftermath of Floyd’s death.
“Iran regrets the tragic murder of black Americans, denounces deadly racial profiling in the United States & urges authorities to do justice for every case,” the ministry said in a tweet on Friday.