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Saw Maung resigns as Burma's dictator and is replaced by Than Shwe (who still heads the junta some 20 years later)      
General Than Shwe, head of state in Burma since 1992

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Aung San Suu Kyi is released, and told that she can leave the country but will not be able to return      
The Burmese junta again places Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest, a restraint that has continued - with one break - till the present time     
The Burmese government removes fuel subsidies, causing massive price rises for consumers     
Demonstrations begin in Burma against the recent increase in fuel prices     
Large numbers of monks in Burma march in support of the escalating nation-wide demonstrations against the government     
After continuing daily escalation of the protest in Burma, nation-wide, the junta order arrests and military intervention     
Burmese monasteries are raided, and monks are arrested and taken away all over the country     
The Burma junta seals the country off by blocking all internet access     
Ibrahim Gambari, a United Nations envoy, arrives in Rangoon