A Syrian flag was raised by supporters of President Bashar al-Assad and graffiti scrawled on walls in an orchestrated protest.
It followed the ambassador’s unannounced visit to the flashpoint city of Hama last week – a visit seen as showing solidarity with anti-Assad demonstrators and strongly condemned by his regime.
Cities across Syria have been shaken by weeks of anti-government unrest following the Arab Spring uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia. At least 1,400 civilians and 350 security force personnel have been killed since mid-March.
There was also trouble at the French embassy yesterday as security guards fired in the air to hold back Assad supporters. The French ambassador visited Hama on the same day as his U.S. peer.
This is the city where tens of thousands were killed when an uprising was put down by the president’s father in 1982. Dozens are said to have died there this year. Read More