Suvumese protesters clash with riot police outside Neo Delta’s embassy in Suvuma, ambassador expelled, flights canceled

Suvumese protesters set fire to Neo Delta's flag
Suvumese protesters set fire to Neo Delta’s flag

FEDERAL DISTRICT, SUVUMANeo Delta’s ambassador to Suvuma was expelled from the country today, as demonstrations outside Neo Delta’s embassy erupted into violence.

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.

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5 thoughts on “Suvumese protesters clash with riot police outside Neo Delta’s embassy in Suvuma, ambassador expelled, flights canceled

  1. Interesting to see how this all played out. Oddly enough, it seems like the Suvuman Government made an effort to protect the Neo Deltan ambassador and put down the riots. It brings up the question- is it the governments or the people that are really the ones trying to cause these issues?

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  2. As in real life, it’s complicated — and the real story differs from the public rhetoric.

    Underneath the surface, you might say Suvuma is a fragile country, where the government is afraid of rebel/separatist movements gaining traction in different regions. So to help strengthen its control and keep the country stabilized, the government makes a point of “standing strong” on the Goytakanya dispute. In doing so, they scare their people with fears of separatism/rebellion/terrorism, and at the same time they present themselves as the only way to keep the country safe and united. In return, many Suvumese people (though not all) support the government and pressure them to stay firm on this issue. As you can see, some people get very passionate about it.

    Even though the government loves a passionate show of support, they wouldn’t want it to become a physical assault on Neo Delta’s ambassador or embassy. The government doesn’t want massive worldwide outrage. In fact, they don’t even want a dispute with Neo Delta. The reason they’re cutting off relations is to discourage other countries from recognizing Goytakanya, and punishing recognizers by excluding them from Suvuma’s economic opportunities is the biggest leverage they have. The more countries recognize Goytakanya, the more rebel groups in Suvuma feel emboldened to pursue their own fights for independence, which of course would destabilize the government, hurt the economy, jeopardize the peace and happiness of the people, etc.

    Many countries dislike the Suvumese regime, but they want to participate in the Suvumese economy and they want Suvuma to remain stable, so they keep relations with Goytakanya on an unofficial basis, and generally maintain the status quo. At the same time, Goytakanya is always pushing for equal recognition, and every so often one country or another decides to establish official relations, which causes much huffing and puffing like you see here. But yeah, it’s complicated. 🙂

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  3. I am affraid because the goytakanos still living in Suvuma… If Suvu did this to a foreigner embassy, what they can do to Goytakanos still living in Suvuma???

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