Protesting Neo Delta’s recent establishment of diplomatic relations with Goytakanya, the breakaway island which Suvuma considers part of its own territory, Suvumese authorities informed Neo Delta’s ambassador late last night that he had been given 24 hours to leave Suvumese territory. Suvuma also recalled its ambassador from Neo Delta.
News of the ambassador’s expulsion was announced on Suvuma’s state-run radio and television this morning, and by midday several hundred protesters had gathered outside the embassy, burning Neo Deltese flags and shouting patriotic chants such as “Suvuma united, undefeated, undivided!”
Federal District riot police soon appeared and pushed the crowd back from the gates, while a special forces unit of the Suvumese military arrived to escort the ambassador and his party to the airport. The convoy reportedly left the embassy compound through a rear exit, in order to avoid the chaotic scene at the front gates.
As the hot tropical afternoon wore on, restless demonstrators began throwing rocks, bricks, bottles and other trash over the fence into the embassy grounds, where at least two windows were broken but no injuries were reported. When the crowd refused to obey multiple police orders to disperse, they were subjected to tear gas and rubber bullets, while security officers made arrests and attempted to forcibly escort journalists away from the scene.
Observers estimated that dozens of protesters suffered injuries in the clash, and one unidentified woman appeared to be trampled by the fleeing crowd. An unknown number of demonstrators were detained by security forces.
Suvuma’s government issued a statement this evening to condemn the crowd’s disorderly behavior and praise the special forces team that escorted the ambassador to the airport. A small private jet carrying the ambassador and his family safely arrived at Taiago in the Brugas Archipelago shortly after sunset.
In related developments, Suvumese aviation officials announced that all direct air service between Suvuma and Brugas had been suspended until further notice. A local travel agent reported that tickets for passenger flights between these destinations were no longer available for purchase, and that ticket holders were being rerouted through Tsakuna in Niulutan-Riu.
Foreign affairs analysts speculated that the Suvumese could complete a total shutdown of relations with Neo Delta as early as next week, fully closing the embassies and ending all diplomacy, investment, trade, travel and other exchange between the two countries. Suvuma is known to cut ties with any country opening formal diplomatic relations with Goytakanya. Neo Delta would be the sixth such country, after Gobrassanya, Cariocas, Lallemand, Řots and the Ardisphere.