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Archive for October 9, 2011

Newsline: Protesters break into Syrian embassy in Berlin

A group of about 30 demonstrators stormed the Syrian embassy in Berlin early on Sunday and confronted the ambassador, according to the police. The break-in followed earlier demonstrations outside the embassy on Saturday. No-one was hurt or arrested, a police spokesman told the news agency AFP. The protestors broke through a fence and rushed inside to confront the ambassador, who also lives at the embassy. The police said the embassy staff reacted very calmly, and the protestors were merely removed from the scene. There was no violence or arrests. The police have since strengthened their presence around the embassy. Demonstrators also picketed the Syrian embassies in London and Vienna on Saturday night. Five Syrian Kurdish protestors were also arrested in Genevaon Saturday night when they tried to enter the Syrian permanent mission to the United Nations.




Newsline: Tibetan protesters detained outside Chinese Embassy in India

Police have detained more than a dozen Tibetan exiles demonstrating outside the Chinese Embassy in the Indian capital. The Tibetan Youth Congress says Sunday’s demonstration was organized as a show of solidarity following recent self-immolation protests by Tibetans against the Chinese government. The protesters waved red and blue Tibetan flags and chanted “Free Tibet” and “We want freedom.” They were blocked byNew Delhi police as they rushed toward the Chinese Embassy. 13 protesters were detained for violating a law prohibiting more than four people from gathering in the area around the embassy. Five Tibetans have set themselves on fire in southwest China’s Sichuan province in the past two weeks.