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Protestors storm Syrian embassy in Berlin

The Local · 9 Oct 2011, 09:38

Published: 09 Oct 2011 09:38 GMT+02:00

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No one was injured, a police spokesman told news agency AFP.

The protesters broke through a gate in the fence and then penetrated the building, where they found the ambassador.

"The ambassador also resides there," the spokesman said. "He alerted the police and asked them to take measures on Syrian territory," he said, referring to the grounds of the embassy.

Police escorted the intruders from the building and took their personal details. Another group of demonstrators had gathered outside the building and pelted it with paint bombs.

The spokesman could not say whether the protesters were Syrian or how many were taken into custody, adding that the investigation was continuing.

The incident came after a mass rally in Syria against the regime of Bashar al-Assad. About 50,000 people gathered for the funeral of Meshaal Tamo, a Kurdish opposition figure killed on Friday. Syrian security forces killed at least two mourners and wounded several others when they fired on the crowd in the city of Qamishli, activists said.

A demonstration was also held at the Syrian embassy in Vienna, where 11 people were arrested for invading the building and protesting on the embassy balcony overnight Saturday, Austrian police said.

Meanwhile British police said Saturday they had arrested seven protesters outside the Syrian embassy in London, including three men who climbed onto the roof of the building and waved the Kurdish flag.

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And late Saturday five Syrian Kurdish protesters were detained for illegally entering the offices of Syria's permanent mission to the United Nations in Geneva.


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Your comments about this article

14:49 October 9, 2011 by nolibs
Looks like a great chance to round up and deport them back to Northern Iraq.
18:40 October 9, 2011 by William Thirteen
Given that they are protesting against the actions taken by a dictator against their fellow citizens in Syria, I am not sure why one would think of deporting them to Iraq. But then, reading and reasoning are obviously not your strong suit...
19:16 October 9, 2011 by Englishted
How easy was this? they could have been terrorists the security need tightening and from the story not just here.
21:49 October 9, 2011 by wood artist

Embassy property is considered to be the territory of the country represented, and they are typically responsible for their own security. For example, US Marines are stationed at US embassies around the world for that purpose. Local authorities are not allowed to enter an embassy without explicit permission, although they may patrol the streets outside. In Berlin you'll find police outside many embassies, including the UK and US.

In this case, the ambassador apparently asked for help, and received it. His "invitation" allowed local police to respond inside. So...if Syria doesn't provide for its own security then...well, stuff happens. As for these folks being "terrorists" that's entirely possible. Given Syria's actions of late, it would be very surprising, would it?

22:34 October 9, 2011 by nolibs
@William Thirteen: Iraqi Kurdistan is the only real autonomous region for the Kurds, although they live in Syria, Iran, Iraq and Turkey. Since they are waving a Kurdish flag, that tends to tell you what group they belong to. Guess you're the one who can't read or reason. Of course, name calling is always easier for those who can't formulate an argument.
19:26 October 11, 2011 by Englishted
@wood artist

Point taken however when there are attacks on U.S. embassies often it is the local security that take the bulk of the casualties ,I am referring to resent attacks in the past it was not always so.
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