Angry Syrian and Libyan demonstrators threw rocks, eggs and tomatoes at the Chinese embassy in Tripoli to protest China’s veto of a UN Security Council resolution urging Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to step down:
Armed men, who said they were from the Libyan government’s Supreme Security Committee, guarded the embassy from about 50 protesters who waved Syrian opposition flags and had managed to break windows and spray graffiti on the walls.
One demonstrator tried to force his way past the guards but was stopped, a Reuters reporter said.
Just as protesters had done the day before at the Russian embassy, demonstrators said they wanted to take down the Chinese flag and replace it with the Syrian opposition’s flag and the red, black and green flag of Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC), which came to power after a civil war last year that toppled and killed Muammar Gaddafi.
“All of this is because of what is happening in Homs, this is because of the Chinese and Russian veto,” Ahmed Mourad a Syrian expatriate in Libya, said.
One of the men guarding the embassy said his colleagues had shot into the air to disperse the crowd when they hurled rocks and tried to push their way through. The crowd later hurled eggs before lining up to pray at prayer hour.
The crowd eventually dispersed after they handed a letter to Chinese diplomats through their Libyan guards.
In a similar protest at the Russian embassy, demonstrators managed to tear down the Russian flag and replaced it with that of Libya’s NTC as well as the Syrian opposition.