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Saturday, October 2, 1999 Published at 15:50 GMT 16:50 UK

World: Asia-Pacific

In pictures: Embassy under siege

Armed Burmese students storm the Burmese embassy in Bangkok demanding democratic change in their country.

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Friday morning: Gunmen seize control of the Burmese embassy in Bangkok, holding more than 80 people in the compound.

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Thai police and anti-terrorist unit SWAT teams quickly surround the building but are ordered to hold fire to allow negotiations to take place.

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Sporadic bursts of gunfire keep tensions high during the 24-hour long siege.

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The gunmen threaten to shoot one hostage every half an hour if their demands are not met...

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... and periodic displays of defiance are made ....

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... 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.

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Early on Saturday the first hostages are released, shaken but unharmed.

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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.

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