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In pictures: Burmese protests

Buddhist monks march and pray during an anti-junta protest in Rangoon on Saturday 22 September 2007

Thousands of Buddhist monks have taken to the streets of Burma for a seventh day of protest in the biggest show of opposition to the military regime since the 1988 uprising.

Buddhist monks march through heavy rain during an anti-junta protest in Rangoon on Saturday 22 September 2007

The protesters have vowed to march until the generals step down. Demonstrations have focused on Rangoon but have also broken out in Mandalay and townships across Burma.

Buddhist nuns at Shwedagon Pagoda on 23 September 2007.

About 200 nuns joined the protest on Sunday.

This photo provided by the Mandalay Gazette shows monks outside the house of Aung San Suu Kyi on Saturday 22 September 2007

On Saturday, the monks managed to reach the home of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been under house arrest since 2003. She emerged to pray with them.

Buddhist monks march and pray during an anti-junta protest in Rangoon on Sunday 23 September 2007

The demonstrators have used loud-hailers to chant pro-democracy slogans such as "Release Suu Kyi". They have also urged people to join in.

Civilians linking hands to protect the monks.

And a trickle of supporters has been accompanying the protesters.

In this photo released by Democratic Voice of Burma, Buddhist monks, accompanied by civilians, march on a street during an anti-junta protest in Rangoon on Saturday 22 September 2007

Security officials have until now proved reluctant to act against the publicly-revered monks' demonstrations for fear of inflaming the public, say analysts.

Onlookers link arms to protect Buddhist monks during an anti-junta protest in Rangoon on Sunday 23 September 2007

But as the protests spread, some supporters feared a police intervention and linked arms to form a human chain in order to protect the robed devotees.






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