Thousands of protesters have broken through lines of police officers to break into the embassies of Denmark and Norway in Mezzeh.
They replaced the flags with signs reading ‘La Ilaha ila Allahu Muhammadu Rasul Allah’. Danish and Norweigan citizens have been advised to leave the country urgently. No-one was hurt, and it seems that none of the protests were directed at people – they were highly symbolic.
The protesters then headed towards the French embassy nine kilometres away in Jisr Al-Abyad but police sucessfully blocked all roads leading into the area.
It’s unclear what impact the protests will have on Syria’s relationship with the countries affected.
During the Iraq war, police lined the streets of Abu Roumaneh and encircled the American, Jordanian and Egyptian embassies to prevent anyone getting close. They succeeded.
Today’s protests will surely bring back painful memories of the 1991 Gulf War when Syrians managed to get inside the heavily fortified American Embassy complex in Maliki and pulled down the American flag. They also broke in and caused millions of dollars worth of damage which Syria had to pay for (thanks Annie). Since then, embassies have been more heavily protected in Damascus than even government buildings.