BEIRUT (AP) - Pointing to the killing of Moammar Gadhafi in Libya, protesters in Syria and in Yemen are telling their long-time rulers that they will be the next to go.
Crowds in Syria today chanted, "Your turn is coming, Bashar," continuing to defy the crackdown by President Bashar Assad. Activists say security forces again opened fire on protesters today, killing 24.
In Yemen, protesters had a similar chant for President Ali Abdullah Saleh (AH'-lee ahb-DUH'-luh sah-LEH'), who survived an assassination attempt in June. They said, "Gadhafi is gone, and you're next."
Gadhafi's death follows the ouster of Tunisia's leader (Zine El Abidine Ben Ali), who was driven into exile, and Egypt's Hosni Mubarak, who is facing charges of complicity in the deaths of more than 800 protesters.
All three uprisings have given hope to Syrian protesters.
One Syrian activist network says 19 of the protesters who were killed today were in the flashpoint city of Homs, and that three others were killed in Hama and its suburbs. But another group says at least 15 people were killed in Hama.
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