The Burmese military authorities have released the pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, from house arrest.
Appearing in front of thousands of jubilant supporters outside her home in Rangoon, Ms Suu Kyi said they had to work in unison to achieve their goals.
The crowd had rushed to the compound when nearby barricades were removed by police.
The 65-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner has been detained for 15 of the past 21 years.
Her release comes six days after the political party supported by the military government won the country's first election in 20 years. The ballot was widely condemned as a sham.
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I must say, I'm surprised. I didn't expect them to actually release her. But then again, this could be an elaborate plot by the junta to gain a few extra supporters:
The junta has said the election marks the transition from military rule to a civilian democracy, but the opposition, many Western governments and human rights groups have said the election was neither free nor fair.
Guess time will show whether they're honest, or just more cautious now.
It's about time, but I have a feeling they'll arrest her soon for some tiny offense that will result in years of house arrest. The military junta which still maintains a firm grip on power in Burma won't let someone like Aung San Suu Kyi, who won the last real elections in the country via a complete landslide, re-organize her political party and continue to oppose the junta in public.
They've released her at least eight or nine times only to rearrest her some time later. The junta is trying to fake a democratic transition to get the West to lift import bans, investment bans and arms embargoes and Aung San Suu Kyi is just a pawn in that game. They just had their mock election so she can't muck things up for them for at least 20 years, or at least that seems to be the term of office in Burma.
So what until the actual country has democracy its just a freggin joke.