Myanmar: Before the 2010 elections

Yangon/Mandalay

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The smoke plume in the background doesn't seem to distract anyone from their daily duties.

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A classic scene in Myanmar: taxi breakdowns. Most of these have served as taxis in the '80s and '90s in Japan and other developed Asian countries.

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Less than a block from the scene, the streets are quiet.

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Crowds building up in downtown Yangon, where a blazing fire is destroying a popular market.

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Police and MP are arriving on the scene, but they have difficulty reaching their destination through the large mass of spectators.

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The government forces anticipate a riot and come with full riot gear in fear of a riot.

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As the fire burns on for the rest of the day and night, Yangon is clouded with thick, acrid smoke.