Russia Urges US To Respect Americans’ Right To Protest


A Foreign Ministry spokesperson argues, “it’s time for the U.S. to drop the mentor’s tone and look in the mirror.”

MarketWatch reports that Russia’s foreign ministry is now calling for United States authorities to show greater respect to Americans’ right to protest amid a recent wave of demonstrations and civil unrest.

  • Spokesperson Maria Zakharova said that Moscow has noted the United States’ use of tear gas to disperse mass gatherings as well as its mass arrests of demonstrators.
  • Zakharova also pointed out that multiple journalists, including Russian reporters, have been hurt while covering protests.
  • MarketWatch adds that “Moscow long has bristled at Washington’s criticism of its human rights record” and posits that Zakharova’s criticism of American policing may be an attempt to “turn the tables” on the United States.

Zakharova also said, “it’s time for the U.S. to drop the mentor’s tone and look in the mirror,” and she challenged United States authorities to “start respecting people’s rights and observing democratic standards at home.”

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