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.FULL STORY