The UN Secretary General has demanded that Syria's president stops killing his own people, saying the revolutions of the Arab Spring show that people will no longer accept tyranny.
In a keynote address at a conference on democracy in the Arab world, Ban Ki-moon said the days of one-man rule and family dynasties are over in the Middle East.
"Today, I say again to President (Bashar) Assad of Syria: Stop the violence. Stop killing your people," Ban said.
Assad is trying to crush a 10-month-old uprising that he blames on terrorists and armed gangs. The UN estimates more than 5,000 people have been killed in the government's crackdown.