Protests and demonstrations, some of them violent, broke out over the weekend in many countries against Syrian embassies and consulates. Fires were set outside the Syrian embassies in Britain and Australia, and numerous world leaders condemned Syria for the violence against its citizens.
Criticism has also been leveled at Russia and China for vetoing a UN Security Council resolution to remove Bashar al-Assad. On Sunday, China's state news agency New China News said that China had vetoed the measure in order to ensure “order” in Syria. Had the resolution passed, the report said, China feared that there would “riots and further victims” in Syria. “We will continue to seek a peaceful resolution to the Syrian crisis,” the report quoted Chinese officials as saying.