Yangon, Myanmar - Union of
HONOUR GUARDS PARADE IN YANGON TO MARK 54TH INDEPENDENCE DAY.
Honour guards parade in front of the Shwedagon pagoda, in the Myanmar
capital of Yangon on January 4, 2002, during a ceremony to mark the
country's 54th Independence Day. Myanmar's opposition on Friday
demanded a rapid transition to democracy and the release of Nobel Peace
Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, in its most strongly worded statement
since talks with the military regime began in 2000. REUTERS/Sukree