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John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT

Iran protests – live updates: Police arrest 450 people in Tehran as Donald Trump steps up criticism
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Response to the following exchange of comments:
“A hundred times more Americans are in jail than in Iran. Maybe Trump should STF up”
“Where do you get your figures for jail from?”

It is just a fact that the United States imprisons more of its own people than anyone, by far.

Here’s just one of scores of possible references:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2015/07/07/yes-u-s-locks-people-up-at-a-higher-rate-than-any-other-country/?utm_term=.298493ff549f

Its prisons are also notorious for brutality. Last time I saw a number, about eight hundred people died without explanation in American jails in one year.

And its police have a world reputation for brutality. Over 1,100 Americans are killed each year by their own police.

And do I need to remind readers that Israel, the outfit on whose behalf Trump makes his comments, has nearly as many people imprisoned as it has population? Something like six million are kept in what seems virtually perpetual bondage.

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