Protests broke out in Damascus on Saturday against the Arab League’s decision to suspend Syria over the continuing crackdown on opponents of President Bashar al-Assad.
Government supporters attacked the Qatar and Saudi embassies.
Syria’s reprentative to the Arab League, Yousef Ahmad, claimed on TV that the move was a violation of the the organisation’s charter.
“I consider Saturday’s decision a clear obituary of the notion of Arab cooperation and working together,” he said. “It is a flagrant declaration that its administration is subject only to American and Western agendas.”
The Arab League’s suspension of Syrian membership is a clear sign that the group believes the violence is still going on.
Activists claim the security forces shot dead 20 civilians on Friday.
Syria’s suspention is due to come into effect on November 16.