July 13th, 2012
04:17 AM ET

Syrian protesters demand Annan's removal amid reports of 'massacre'

Syrian protesters Friday demanded the removal of international envoy Kofi Annan after hundreds of deaths a day earlier blamed on shelling by government forces, opposition activists said.

Annan - a former U.N. chief - is serving as a special envoy to Syria for the United Nations and the Arab League.

He implemented a peace plan in Syria in April, but opposition fighters and regime forces have largely shunned its mandates, including a call to lay down their weapons.

"It is clear that the Annan mission is no more than providing more time to Assad to remain in power and commit atrocities, killings and massacres," said Ahmed, an activist from Homs who did not want all his names used for safety reasons. "He is but a legitimate cover for the crimes of the Assad regime."

Protesters took to the streets at dawn in solidarity with victims of government shelling late Thursday that left at least 220 dead in the village of Tremseh in Hama province, according to the opposition Local Coordination Committees of Syria.


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  1. chrissy

    And since that day was the lst time i have ever spoke to you i cant imagine why you would even care.

    July 13, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    lol @ mama, beats the heck outta me tho i suspect he is a she and her name starts with M. No solid proof yet tho.

    July 13, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      Inquiring minds want to know.
      Mary, Mary ah, Mary Mary where you going to.( Monkeys)

      July 13, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©


    July 13, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. revnowwhilewecan

    Syrian WMD??? Please tell me we're not going to fall for that one again!!

    July 13, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I know, right??
      Fool me once...

      July 13, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • revnowwhilewecan

      Watch for the MSM to make a mindful effort to stay away from the phrase "weapons of mass destruction". I suspect tyey'll use phrases like, "illegal chemical arms" or "deadly biological agents". Laughable! I really think they think we are that brainwashed!

      July 13, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I didn't believe it in Iraq, and I won't believe it now...they may put a different name to it, with a cute little acronym, but it's still hysterical warfare, as far as I'm concerned...

      July 13, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • revnowwhilewecan


      July 13, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    Wth do you people really think RUSSIA and CHINA do not want any interference in SYRIA? Where do you think they acquired the chemical weapons? Doesnt mean a hill of beans to me whether you believe or not, and like it or not every country has some.

    July 13, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    And banasy you know im not one of those conspiracy theorist kinda person. But im also not so niave to not believe ISRAEL is up to no good trying to drag us into this and CONGRESS is also up to no good budgeting that huge amt of money for military.

    July 13, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. james ainoris

    Simple minded idiots blaming israel again for defending itself... if these evil countries did not continually attack or threaten israel and would accept any peace offer that didnt include driving the jews into the sea ...israel and america would not be so diligent in its monitoring of "peacefull nke energy program".. pres. eisenhower warned us that after ww2 russia was securing deals with various arab countries near the suez canal. if trouble happened it would raise the cost of mid east oil and europe would buy more of russia's . every mid east war arabs have been given russian weapons...wake up goof ballz! james ainoris

    July 14, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. james ainoris

    Also any of you antisemetic conspiracy types...aipac is funded largely through protestant christian groups in america... since they know we will allow the to maintain and visit their holy sites safely. on the otherhand the vatican still does not recocognize israel as a country...must still be mad about saladin kickin richard the lion hearteds butt and puttin us (jews) back in where god wanted us...so not all moslems are bad... in fact they were the most educated and tolerant people (moors) until driven out of spain with the jews. i cant believe ther are people that still think israel has some secret deal to drag america into war....you all obviously listen to art bell alot...lol.

    July 14, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
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