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Anti-corruption campaigner refuses to leave jail

08-18-2011 09:50 BJT

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India's leading anti-corruption campaigner is fasting in jail after refusing a police release order, in a stand-off that has sparked nationwide demonstrations and widespread derision at the government.

The government arrested 74-year-old Anna Hazare and more than a thousand of his followers Tuesday, just hours before he was due to begin a fast-unto-death to demand anti-corruption legislation. It then made a U-turn and ordered his release after thousands of Indians took to the streets.

But Hazare has refused to leave the New Delhi jail, insisting he wants 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 Wednesday to discuss the crisis.




Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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