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In pictures: Burma protests

Burmese soldiers in downtown Rangoon on Thursday 27 September 2007 (photo supplied by Mandalay Gazette)

Confrontations between Burmese security forces and anti-government protesters have continued in the main city, Rangoon, and elsewhere.

Demonstrators carry pieces of wood as they face riot policemen in Rangoon on Thursday 27 September 2007

State television said nine people, including a Japanese journalist, were killed in the crackdown on Thursday, the 10th day of the protests.

A monk holds rubber balls used by Burmese security forces after they stormed a monastery overnight

The previous night, Burmese troops stormed six monasteries, smashing windows and doors and beating monks. They used weapons including rubber pellets.

An injured monk's blood stains next to bricks after Burmese security forces stormed a monastery in Rangoon on Thursday 27 September 2007

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.

Raided monastery in Rangoon (picture supplied by MoeMaka Media internet blog to the BBC)

Some monks escaped, but several hundred were taken away in military trucks.

Student protesters in Rangoon on Thursday 27 September 2007 (picture supplied by MoeMaka Media internet blog)

None of this stopped tens of thousands of people from pouring onto the streets shouting their defiance at the security forces.

Soldiers form a line in Rangoon on Thursday 27 September 2007 (photo supplied by Mandalay Gazette)

The sound of gunfire and tear gas grenades could be heard across the main city of Rangoon, as the junta sought to regain control.

Riot police patrol Rangoon on Thursday 27 September 2007

Security forces were reported to have fired into crowds of protesters in Rangoon and given them 10 minutes to clear the streets.

A man is led away during a protest in Rangoon on Wednesday 26 September 2007 (photo supplied by Mandalay Gazette)

Dozens of people have been arrested as the authorities attempt to crush the largest uprising for two decades.

A high school student allegedly beaten by the security forces in Rangoon on Thursday 27 September 2007 (picture supplied by MoeMaka Media internet blog)

The Burmese authorities' crackdown has sparked international calls for restraint. The US has imposed new sanctions against Burma, branding its leaders "brutal".






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