Lebanon’s Interior Minister Hassan Sabeh has resigned after protesters set fire to the Danish consulate in Beirut today.
Far less protection was given to the embassies in Beirut than in Damascus, and rioters easily managed to break through police lines to attack the buildings.
Sabeh said he refused to give permission for security services to use weapons against the protesters, and he has come under intense pressure to resign since that decision.
Meanwhile, Syria’s Foreign Ministry has apologised for the damage caused to the Danish and Norweigan embassies in Damascus yesterday. Protesters burnt the buildings there, but caused less damage than in Beirut.
Nevertheless, only the Syrian riots attracted American attention. The White House said it held the Syrian government ‘personally responsible’ for the actions of the Syrians yesterday. I wonder if it will hold Siniora’s Beirut government responsible for their trouble.
Syria says it has boosted the protection around the diplomatic missions. But denied claims that Danish and Norweigan citizens were at risk.