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Public support swells for India’s anti-corruption activist

Anna Hazare’s ‘fast unto death’ campaign aims to pressurise government to pass anti-corruption laws

Public support swells for India’s anti-corruption activist
Followers of Indian social activist Anna Hazare shout slogans and wave placards as they take part in a rally in Hyderabad on August 16, 2011, in support of the arrested campaigner (AFP/Getty Images)
Public support swells for India’s anti-corruption activist
Indian police have detained veteran anti-corruption campaigner, Anna Hazare, as he prepared to push ahead with a banned hunger strike in New Delhi, witnesses said(AFP/Getty Images)
Public support swells for India’s anti-corruption activist
The police action came in front of hundreds of Hazare supporters who had gathered to back his 'fast unto death' aimed at pressuring the government into strengthening a new anti-corruption law (AFP/Getty Images)
Public support swells for India’s anti-corruption activist
The crackdown on Hazare met with outrage from the opposition, sparking parliament's adjournment and protests, from candle-light vigils to the burning of effigies of government figures, in cities across India
Public support swells for India’s anti-corruption activist
Activists from India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hold lighted torches and candles during a protest march in New Delhi on August 16, 2011, against the arrest of Indian social activist Anna Hazare (AFP/Getty Images)
Public support swells for India’s anti-corruption activist
India's leading anti-corruption campaigner Anna Hazare fasted in Tihar jail on Wednesday after refusing a police release order, a stand-off that has sparked nationwide demonstrations and widespread derision at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government (AFP/Getty Images)
Public support swells for India’s anti-corruption activist
The government arrested 74-year-old Hazare and more than a thousand of his followers on Tuesday, just hours before he was due to begin a fast to the death to demand anti-corruption legislation. It then made a U-turn and ordered his release after thousands of Indians took to the streets (AFP/Getty Images)
Public support swells for India’s anti-corruption activist
But Hazare refused to leave the Tihar jail, insisting he wanted the right to return to the city park where he had originally planned to fast. The Congress party was due to hold an emergency meeting early on Wednesday to discuss the crisis (AFP/Getty Images)
Public support swells for India’s anti-corruption activist
The crackdown on Hazare met with outrage from the opposition, sparking parliament's adjournment and protests, from candle-light vigils to the burning of effigies of government figures, in cities across India (AFP/Getty Images)
Public support swells for India’s anti-corruption activist
The arrest and sudden about-turn appeared to confirm a widespread feeling the 78-year-old Singh was out of touch and that his government was clumsy and too riddled with corruption scandals to govern Asia's third-largest economy effectively (AFP/Getty Images)
Public support swells for India’s anti-corruption activist
Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the New Delhi prison overnight where Hazare was jailed and more protests were planned across India on Wednesday. There were calls for civil servants to take leave and rickshaw drivers to strike (AFP/Getty Images)
Public support swells for India’s anti-corruption activist
Opposition parties plan to protest against the arrest in Wednesday's parliament session (AFP/Getty Images)
Public support swells for India’s anti-corruption activist
Dressed in his trademark white shirt, white cap and spectacles in the style of independence leader Mahatma Gandhi, Hazare has won support from many Indians sick of endemic corruption as their economy booms (AFP/Getty Images)