In a message released on Wednesday, Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the Islamic Republic’s firm stance on the ongoing developments in the US and the anti-racism movements is “supporting the people and condemning the racist US government’s brutal behavior.”

He enumerated the cases of the US government’s decline, such as the mistreatment of its people, the deep social inequality, the terrible racial prejudice, and the barbaric killing of a black man at the hands of the police.

“The US treatment of the weak nations is a magnified version of behavior of that police officer who kneeled on the neck of a defenseless black man and pressed him to death,” Khamenei said.

Stressing the need for unity within the Muslim community, Khamenei said such solidarity would counter the threats and hostilities and deal with the “epitome of evil, the aggressive and cruel US and the ‘Zionist regime’ of Israel.”