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Thousands of Indians protest against corruption

08-18-2011 09:13 BJT

In India, thousands of people marched through the capital New Delhi on Wednesday evening. They're showing support for a hunger strike by India's most prominent anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare.

Crowds gathered in huge numbers at the India Gate war memorial, in a public display of support for Anna Hazare's campaign against corruption.

Demonstrators passed through the streets, waving the national flag and chanting slogans.

Among them were also some social activists, who wanted to display their solidarity with Anna Hazare in the fight against corruption.

Earlier on Tuesday, police arrested Hazare to stop his plans, but released him hours later.

But Hazare refused to leave the jailhouse, unless police allowed him to hold the hunger strike publicly and indefinitely.

But Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Sinh criticized Hazare's attempts.

He said, "However, the path that he has chosen to impose his draft of a bill upon Parliament is totally misconceived and fraught with grave consequences for our parliamentary democracy. Our government does not seek any confrontation with any section of society. But when some sections of society deliberately challenge the authority of the government and the prerogative of Parliament, it is the bound duty of the government to maintain peace and tranquillity."

The government temporarily detained thousands of demonstrators in New Delhi and Mumbai to quash the protests.

The standoff has galvanized Indians fed up with seemingly endless bribery scandals and cronyism and has flustered the beleaguered government.

The government is battling corruption allegations stemming from the murky sale of mobile-phone licenses and the hosting of last year's Commonwealth Games, which together, according to government auditors, caused losses as much as 40 billion US dollars for the country.



Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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