Serb Rioters Set U.S. Embassy on Fire
The U.S. embassy in Belgrade, Serbia has been set on fire by rioters.
Serb rioters broke into the U.S. Embassy Thursday and set fire to an office after a large protest against Kosovo’s independence that drew an estimated 150,000 people. Masked attackers broke into the building, which has been closed this week, and tried to throw furniture from an office. A blaze broke out but firefighters swiftly put out the flames.
Authorities drove armored jeeps down the street and fired tear gas to clear the crowd. The protesters dispersed into side streets where they continued clashing with authorities.
The neighboring Croatian Embassy also was attacked by the same group of protesters.
The U.S. is the most obvious target of blame for this, so perhaps this response isn’t surprising. It appears that the Serb government is taking reasonable steps to contain the violence, although better crowd control is clearly in order.
It’s worth pointing out, perhaps, that this is a case of (mostly) Christian protesters rioting against unpopular actions taken by (mostly) Muslim politicians. Powerless people sometimes vent their frustration in violent, criminal ways, unfortunately.