Confrontations between Burmese security forces and anti-government protesters have continued in the main city, Rangoon, and elsewhere.
State television said nine people, including a Japanese journalist, were killed in the crackdown on Thursday, the 10th day of the protests.
The previous night, Burmese troops stormed six monasteries, smashing windows and doors and beating monks. They used weapons including rubber pellets.
Blood bore witness to the struggle that took place. The Burmese authorities had warned of retaliation against the monks, who have led the protests against the regime.
Some monks escaped, but several hundred were taken away in military trucks.
None of this stopped tens of thousands of people from pouring onto the streets shouting their defiance at the security forces.
The sound of gunfire and tear gas grenades could be heard across the main city of Rangoon, as the junta sought to regain control.
Security forces were reported to have fired into crowds of protesters in Rangoon and given them 10 minutes to clear the streets.
Dozens of people have been arrested as the authorities attempt to crush the largest uprising for two decades.
The Burmese authorities' crackdown has sparked international calls for restraint. The US has imposed new sanctions against Burma, branding its leaders "brutal".