Suspended from Arab League
On Saturday the 22 member Arab League suspended Syria’s membership until it complies with the agreement made between the two parties on 2nd November. The League had asked for a suspension of violence, talks with the protesters and the release of political prisoners; and if anything the battles have intensified in Syria.
The Syrian government immediately sought a meeting to discuss the suspension whilst supporters of President Bashar al-Assad attacked foreign missions including the Turkish, Saudi Arabian and French embassies.
The official Syrian news agency SANA reported that “Millions of Syrians took to the streets on Sunday to express rejection and denunciation of the Arab League’s (AL) decision on suspending Syria’s membership in the League. Since the early morning, millions flocked to the public squares in Damascus, Aleppo, Tartous, Lattakia, Sweida, Hasaka, Daraa, Raqqa, Deir- Ezzor, Homs, Hama and Idleb to stress that Syria has carried the torch of culture and Arabism and it will always remain steadfast”. The news release also contains photographs of mass crowds but we cannot confirm they were taken this weekend.
The move by the Arab League further isolates the Syrian government within the international community. Their reaction, including the attack on embassies, would suggest that this was an unwelcome surprise to the regime.