Syrian Ambassador to France Lamia Chakkour announced live on French television Tuesday that she was resigning effective immediately to protest a violent crackdown on protesters in Syria.

“I can no longer continue to support this cycle of extreme violence against unarmed civilians,” she told France 24. “I can no longer ignore all the strong men, women and children who have died. I have informed the president’s private secretary that it is my intention to tender my resignation to President Bashar Assad. I recognize the legitimacy of the people’s demands for more democacy and freedom. My resignation as Syrian ambassador in France will take effect immediately.”

Watch this video from France 24, broadcast June 7, 2011.

[H/T: Think Progress]