Saturday, October 2, 1999 Published at 15:50 GMT 16:50 UK
In pictures: Embassy under siege
Friday morning: Gunmen seize control of the Burmese embassy in Bangkok, holding more than 80 people in the compound.
Thai police and anti-terrorist unit SWAT teams quickly surround the building but are ordered to hold fire to allow negotiations to take place.
Sporadic bursts of gunfire keep tensions high during the 24-hour long siege.
The gunmen threaten to shoot one hostage every half an hour if their demands are not met...
... and periodic displays of defiance are made ....
... but the Thai authorities say they do not believe the attackers are terrorists and are instead just student activists trying to bring democracy to their homeland.
Early on Saturday the first hostages are released, shaken but unharmed.
Siege over: The gunmen are flown to the Thai-Burmese border aboard a Thai police helicopter. A number of the freed hostages wave them off and express sympathy with their cause.