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In pictures: Anti-junta rallies in Burma

An anti-government protest in Rangoon

Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters led by Buddhist monks have rallied in Burma's main city of Rangoon.

Monks and civilians sit at the Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon

The peaceful rally was launched from the golden Shwedagon Pagoda, and many civilians soon joined in.

A Buddhist monk speaks in Rangoon

Demands ranged from calls for the military government to step down to requests for negotiations and economic reforms.

National League for Democracy (NLD) members take part in a protest

Among those who joined in were members of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) party.

Protest in Rangoon

Columns of protesters stretched for about a mile (1.6km), some participants said.

Monks march in Rangoon

They said as many as 100,000 people marched, making it the biggest protest in the past several days. Rallies were also reportedly held in other cities.

Crowds in Rangoon

Security forces were not in evidence for most of the march in Rangoon, but Burma's military junta later warned it was ready to "take action" against protesters.

Buddhist monks, accompanied by civilians, protest on 23 September 2007

Monks are revered in Burma, but there are fears of a repeat of 1988, when a pro-democracy uprising was brutally crushed by the army.

Police guard Aung San Suu Kyi (left in the background)

On Saturday, protesters greeted pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is under a house arrest, but police blocked access to her house on Sunday and Monday.




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