Another corrupt government is about to feel the heat.
Thousands of people have joined a Facebook page calling for demonstrations in the Syrian capital this week.
More than 2,000 people have joined the page calling for a “day of rage” on February 4 and 5, which is also being organised on the social networking site Twitter.
Facebook is banned in Syria, but it is relatively easy to access through proxy servers.
Since popular frustration at joblessness and authoritarianism exploded in Tunisia and Egypt, there has been speculation that Syria, which has been ruled under a state of emergency law since 1963, and where poverty levels are rising, might see mass protests.
The organisers of the demonstration say they want to “end the state of emergency in Syria and end corruption”.