Confrontations between Burmese security forces and anti-government protesters have continued for a 10th day.
Nine people including a Japanese journalist were killed amid the crackdown, state television reported.
The sound of gunfire and tear gas grenades could be heard across the main city of Rangoon, reinforcing the junta's threats of "serious action".
Riot police formed human walls to prevent the protesters from marching through the city...
... and barbed wire barricades were set up around flashpoints, such as Shwedagon Pagoda and the city hall.
There were fewer monks on the streets - as many have been arrested - but there were large numbers of civilians instead, witnesses said.
During the night, Burmese troops stormed six monasteries, smashing windows and doors and beating monks.
Some monks escaped, but several hundred were taken away in military trucks.
None of this deterred thousands of people from pouring onto the streets shouting their defiance at the security forces.
Correspondents say the violence is not yet on the scale of the 1988 uprising but there will surely be more confrontations with a people enraged by the bloodshed they have witnessed.