American Ambassador in Syria, in a first-of-a-kind note in Facebook:
I want all Syrians to enjoy the right to demonstrate peacefully. On July 9 a “mnhebak” group threw rocks at our embassy, causing some damage. They resorted to violence, unlike the people in Hama, who have stayed peaceful. Go look at the Ba’ath or police headquarters in Hama – no damage that I saw. […] The people in Hama have been demonstrating peacefully for weeks. Yes, there is a general strike, but what caused it?
Smart choice of medium for aggressive diplomacy with deniability..
Update: Assad loyalists attack the American embassy.