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Ferguson unrest: America struggles with human rights too, yet lectures others, say foes

Published on Aug 21, 2014 6:03 PM

PARIS (AFP) - Usually, it is the United States that doles out rebukes over human rights abuses to the troublesome country of the day.

However, the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager and subsequent crackdown on protesters in the Midwestern state of Missouri has America's foes crowing about the flaws in the land of the free.

Tear gas, arrests of journalists, racial tensions and footage of militarily equipped police training their weapons on protesters. These are images more easily associated with one of the nations regularly chided by Washington than the small town of Ferguson, rocked by days of violent protests.

Many of the countries at the stinging end of these criticisms have seized upon the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown and the ensuing clashes to scold the United States for hypocritically lecturing the world on human rights while ignoring the plight of its own people.

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