They waited patiently all day in their hundreds outside her party headquarters and her house.
But as Friday drew to a close, there was still no sign that the rumours of the imminent release of Myanmar dissident Aung San Suu Kyi would become reality.
Suu Kyi’s house arrest officially ends today, Saturday. And the speculation is that Myanmar’s military rulers will finally grant the Nobel laureate freedom.
May Win Myint from Suu Kyi’s now banned National League for Democracy said plans were underway to hold a welcome ceremony at the party offices, while other supporters would be at her home.
Suu Kyi is seen as less of a threat following the carefully choreographed elections last Sunday in which the ruling junta claimed a landslide victory.
One theory is that they could release her in a bid for international legitimacy. But, in this, one of the world’s most secretive states, nothing is certain.