Myanmar: Before the 2010 elections



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


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.


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


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


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


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


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