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.