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Even North Korea Says Police Shouldn't Have Suppressed Ferguson Protesters

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When North Korea is calling your country "a graveyard of human rights," you know something's wrong.
North Korea loves to hate on the United States. The armistice that stopped the Korean War in 1953 never really ended it, and Kim Jong-un's propaganda machine churns out anti-American rhetoric like we're still knee-deep in bloody conflict.

So it's not surprising that the isolationist regime released its own statement criticizing how law enforcement handled the massive unrest that took over Ferguson after officer Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed eighteen-year-old Michael Brown. Quite the opposite. The last few weeks have been a North Korean propaganda minister's wet dream.

But that doesn't make North Korea's statement on the brutal police response to Ferguson protesters any less unsettling.

On Monday the Korean Central News Agency came down hard on America, especially on St. Louis police, for the heavy-handed military response to protests against police brutality.

"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."

With the pragmatic tone of a sociology professor, the North Korean mouthpiece explains the fury behind the protests -- something even some white Americans, especially FOX News anchors, struggle to understand: "The protests in Ferguson City and other parts of the U.S. are an eruption of the pent-up discontent and resistance of the people against racial discrimination and inequality deeply rooted in the American society."

See also: Jon Stewart Talks Ferguson, Skewers Fox News Coverage of Michael Brown Shooting

But North Korea doesn't just want to shame America; North Korea wants America off its back. With defensiveness, sarcasm and a hint of a threat, North Korea's statement warns the U.S. that it should stop interfering with North Korea's rampant human-rights abuses if it can't keep its own people safe:

"The U.S. issued every year a report taking issue with 'human rights performances' of other countries as if it were an 'international human rights judge' but this time suffered disgrace and became a laughing stock of the world owing to what happened in it," the statement says. (Note: Where you see single quotes, imagine the North Korean writer giving a Frank Underwood-sized eye roll.)

"The U.S. had better honestly accept the unanimous accusations of the broad international community and mind its own business, instead of interfering in the internal affairs of other countries.... The U.S. should know that it is bound to get itself into a big trouble unless it behaves with discretion, not knowing where it stands."

Want to read North Korea's entire statement? Click to the next page.

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47 comments
Philip Nations
Philip Nations

Toler give it a rest. Because if anyone knows suppression its the democratic peoples republic of korea hahaaa

billj598
billj598 topcommenter

Want to "protest" in North Korea ?  Instead of rubber bullets or bean bag rounds, after firing at the Police, it would be FMJ rounds on full-auto....and your families too.  Talk about the pot calling the kettle black !

Bob Goode
Bob Goode

Who gives a shit what North Korea thinks!!!

Lee Michael Bailey
Lee Michael Bailey

Uhhhhh I dont think RFT is supporting it. If anything its humorous that north Korea is acknowledging St. Louis

Ashpit Digger
Ashpit Digger

FRT leans so far left, I'm shocked they aren't owned and operated by Kim Jon-un himself

Brenda McBride Watson
Brenda McBride Watson

BS. If you protested there you would be thrown in a gulag. I recommend a book called Escape from Camp 14.

Vicki Hammer Rademacher
Vicki Hammer Rademacher

wow...would you give it up already. You guys have made yourself look like fools for weeks now...just stop!

Tony Ro
Tony Ro

RFT, Are you really so naiive?

Karen Hall
Karen Hall

Really did someone make a racist remark to rodman?

Phil Van Geison
Phil Van Geison

FUCK NORTH KOREA 3/4 of their weak country doesn't have electricity or running water fuck em

Dan Steiner
Dan Steiner

North Korea. Now there's a really reliable, credible source.

Rene Price
Rene Price

"Even" North Korea??? Of course they did since when would north korea skip and opportunity to insult the united states? Idiotic of you to give them the time of day.

Brian Penn
Brian Penn

Why would people who claim to be journalists care what a country that doesn't have freedom of the press has to say.....unless it mirrors your own idiotic liberal agenda?

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

I hope the Korean people rise up next. When I read the headline I was reminded of something a woman that St Louis has some claim to, writing in her first autobiography about the white men that terrorized her small black community in Stamps, AR when she was child: "men who were covered in graves' dust and age without beauty or learning." And a guy on the #74 Florissant bus back this spring, as we rode past Bellefontaine Cemetery "Dead people matter more than black people in St. Louis."

ProfJudith
ProfJudith

RFT is favorably quoting North Korea ?

I've noticed that the RFT "reporto-bloggers" have a definite pro-SOCIALIST bent, but this is kinda blatant.

If RFT even tried to blog in North Korea , the same person that authored this drivel would have been sent to a re-education camp, and their family would be exiled to a labor farm.

Kissings Rev Al's ass, and licking the nuts of Lil' Korean Kim is a pitiful display of pseudo-journalism.


Yolanda Nichole
Yolanda Nichole

As much truth as that article may have in it, they are definitely being trolls. They don't care about the human rights of N. Koreans, I'm positive they don't care about the basic human rights of people in Ferguson MO. They just saw an opportunity to help their agenda and jumped. Makes me feel like someone just wanted page views with this one.

Marlin Rogers
Marlin Rogers

Ok fucken please RFT I can't believe you even give him a voice. Their people can't even leave the country.

David Coggin
David Coggin

Really RFT? North Korea?? They STARVE their whole country and you report their corny insincere rhetoric. Way to present yourself as a respectable news outlet.

Ksmith Wash
Ksmith Wash

TRUTH! #StopKillerCops #StopRacistCops #ArrestDarrenWilson

Jim Bearden
Jim Bearden

A graveyard of human rights? Really? I support your opportunity to make seriously idiotic statements. So, move. What? No? Then suffer in the graveyard you pandering fools. Just supporting my rights to make my statement. Peace.

Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd

Like the north Korean press has freedom to report what really happens there? I'm tired of our liberal media pushing this story down our throats.

Mike W. Petersen
Mike W. Petersen

"Dear Leader would far prefer you starve your dissidents quietly in mountain death camps rather than in the street. You obstruct glorious people's traffic flow."

David Lakine
David Lakine

The biggest threat to America is ignorance of our own people.

Tara Broadway
Tara Broadway

They wernt protesters, they were thugs when they started looting and tearing up everything.

Eric Kuenkler
Eric Kuenkler

Oh yeah!! Because North Korea is such a shining example of defenders of Human Rights. Get real RFT!!

Ashley Diane
Ashley Diane

Well they would be the first to recognize what a "graveyard of human rights" is considering they run one. However I'm gonna go with I don't give a rat's ass what they say. Pot calling the kettle black

Laura Dee
Laura Dee

Yeah, come on... we're not perfect but I think we have a thing or two on North Korea.

Steve Ridling
Steve Ridling

Says the regime that assassinated his own uncle...

Tony Bologna
Tony Bologna

Good point! We should send the looters to North Korea!

heppy
heppy

when i first read about this it blew my mind because of how batshit crazy it is, and because of how on-point their criticisms are. i don't even think most of my friends grasp the situation in ferguson as well as this north korean press release...

ProfJudith
ProfJudith

@heppy @ProfJudith

How? to favorably quote, or skew, or bias ..........

Start by using the adverb "EVEN" 

See the headlines? "Even North Korea Says Police Shouldn't Have Suppressed Ferguson Protesters"




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