Anti-Assad Syrian protesters outside Cairo embassy 390 R.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Activists protested at embassies across the world Friday against Syrian
President Bashar Assad's crackdown on citizens. Rallies in both Cairo
and Berlin degraded into riots as people broke into and vandalized
embassies, while activities remained peaceful in the United States and
Syrian President Bashar Assad has waged a bloody campaign against the a
pro-reform movement, which has led to more than 5,600 deaths. More than
200 people were killed overnight Friday in shelling by Syrian forces
in the city of Homs.
In Cairo, Syrians activists stormed the
Syrian embassy, smashing furniture and equipment and setting fire to
parts of the building in protest over the latest bloodshed in the
country, an embassy official and a witness said on Saturday.
official Ammar Mohamed said he had been told by security officials
about the overnight attack and arrived at the site to assess the damage.
The scene was calm by early morning and Egyptian police were guarding
Hundreds of demonstrators gathered at a police
station a few streets from the embassy to demand the release of six
Syrians who they said were detained during the protest at the mission.
gate of the embassy in central Cairo was broken and furniture and
computers were smashed on the second floor of the building, a Reuters
witness said, viewing the site after the attack. Parts of the first
floor were burned, he said.
It was the second such attack on the
mission. The embassy was broken into last week in another protest
against Syria's crackdown on protests against President Bashar Assad's
In Germany, a group of about thirty Syrian protesters
charged into Syria's embassy in the Berlin district of Tiergarten
Friday, demolishing sections of the interior, according to German media
The action prompted a strongly worded statement from
Germany's Foreign Ministry, as a spokesperson condemned the occupation
of Syria's diplomatic building. "Attacks on embassies and consulates
must be prosecuted with all consequences," said the representative of
the German Foreign Ministry, adding that the security of embassies is a
matter to be taken seriously.
Syrian dissidents hung flags of the Syrian resistance movement and
Syrian Kurds from embassy windows on the first floor of the building. On
the façade of the embassy, the Syrian protesters wrote slogans in
English and Arabic calling for "Revolution and Freedom" and "Down with
Bashar." They left the embassy after approximately twenty minutes.
Berlin police arrested the protesters, who were later released from
custody. Syria's government has filed criminal charges against the
The United Nations Security Council is scheduled to meet Saturday
to vote on a
European-Arab draft resolution endorsing an Arab League plan calling for
Syrian President Bashar Assad to give up power.
Jpost.com staff contributed to this report.