Braving the threat of military force, pro-democracy protesters have been marching in their tens of thousands in Myanmar. Despite warnings that troops could be sent in, Tuesday’s rally in Yangon brought together 100,000 demonstrators, according to some reports.
But signs are growing that brutal repression in the former Burma could be looming.
The junta had warned people not to take part in the protests led by Buddhist monks.
After the demonstration, soldiers and armed police moved onto the streets.
It is feared Yangon could see a repeat of 1988 when a pro-democracy uprising was crushed with the loss of an estimated 3,000 lives.
In an ominous sign, there are reports that Aung San Suu Kyi, a key symbol of resistance, has been moved to a notorious prison. On Saturday she appeared in front of her house to greet marching monks.
As tension mounts, the EU has raised the prospect of toughening sanctions against the military regime.