North Korea’s official state news agency has labeled the United States a “graveyard of human rights” in the aftermath of the Ferguson, Missouri unrest, a damning verdict given that the Stalinist state is notorious for its barbaric treatment of political dissidents.
An official news item carried by the Korean Central News Agency this week savaged St. Louis police for their heavy handed tactics while attacking the United States for failing to “mind its own business” and “interfering in the internal affairs of other countries.”
“Police ruthlessly cracked down on protesters, leveling their rifles at them and firing tear gas and smoke shells,” the statement says. “[The U.S.] should not seek solutions to its problem in suppressing demonstrators but bring to light the real picture of the American society, a graveyard of human rights, and have a correct understanding of what the genuine human rights are like and how they should be guaranteed.”
Such statements are obviously rife with hypocrisy given that North Korea is probably the most draconian police state in the world when it comes to censoring free speech and pursuing political dissidents. The Stalinist country operates a network of secretive detention camps in which political prisoners and their entire families are incarcerated for mild criticism of the state.
However, the very fact that even North Korea is revolted by the scenes that were witnessed in Missouri shows how shocking the sight of militarized police aiming guns at demonstrators and journalists was to the rest of the world.
North Korea’s condemnation of U.S. police for their role in cracking down on protesters and journalists in Ferguson follows in the footsteps of similar pronouncements by both Chinese state media and Egyptian authorities.
As we reported earlier this month, a Xinhua editorial chastised the U.S. for its hypocrisy while asserting America’s need to “concentrate on solving its own problems rather than always pointing fingers at other.”
In addition, the Egyptian government said police in Ferguson failed to show proper restraint, a rich statement given that Egypt is hardly a bastion of political freedom and recently sentenced 529 supporters of Mohamed Morsi to death for the crime of killing one police officer.