Nation condems police action against Hazare

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  • Published 15.08.11

Indians from all walks of life, from all states today gathered in groups to support social activist Anna Hazare and his protest against corruption. Slamming the government for the arrest of Hazare, people from various states staged protest against the government.

Senior BJP leader L K Advani today said, ”I am not surprised at this development. This is the direction in which this government is moving. Instead of dealing with the problem of corruption and owning responsibility it is trying to find scapegoats and stopping peaceful protests,”

”Its shameful for us that politicians are acting so blantantly against crusaders of corruption. These politicians have parked their millions abroad and are worried that people will expose them,” Satish Sonak, a prominent leader of India Against Corruption, said

Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda condemned Hazare’s arrest. ”The arrest of Anna Hazare can be dangerous for democracy as it is his fundamental right to protest... one can't snatch the right of a free citizen. The speed shown in arresting him is condemnable,” he told

Teachers and students from various universities staged demonstrations condemning the arrest of Anna Hazare and his team in Delhi, saying it was an infringement of one's right to freedom of expression and freedom to peaceful protest.

Bengal voices for Anna

Civil rights activists today staged demonstration in support of Anna Hazare and his anti-corruption stir and demanded his release. Launching their campaign 'India against Corruption', activists under the banner of 'Citizens Forum' staged a dharna at Salt Lake demanding the Gandhian leader's release.

Another rights group under the banner of “Jago” undertook a hunger strike at Metro channel in the heart of the city to protest against the arrest of Hazare. Holding a banner “break your silence against corruption”, the activists criticised the arrest of Hazare.

Protests in Pune after Anna's detention

Supporters of Anna Hazare gathered in a city square carrying placards, raising slogans to condemn the police action and his detention in Delhi this morning.

The protesters took out a morcha through the streets before staging a noisy protest demonstration, condemning the government for “anti-democratic” measures

Punjab Haryana fights for Anna

People from all walks of life, including advocates and academicians, today took to streets at several places in Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana voicing their support to civil society members in their crusade against corruption. In Chandigarh, several intersections and round abouts were blocked by people, including advocates, officials said

Kerela fasts for Anna’s release

Rights activists, writers, artists and professionals from different walks in Kerala today came out against the arrest of Anna Hazare and his close associates in New Delhi. Activists under “Citizen's Forum” organised a fast in the state capital protesting Hazare's arrest and pledging support to his struggle for probity in public life and an effective Jan Lokpal legislation.

Bollywood terms Anna’s arrest 'unconstitutional' and 'undemocratic'.

”We totally condemn the arrest of Anna Hazare...Voices of people like Anna can't be muffled by detaining them... He stands today as d voice of 120 cr Indians... (sic),” filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar said on micro-blogging site Twitter.

”The Indian citizen has the right to protest peacefully. Anna's arrest is unconstitutional and shows symptoms of an authoritarian mindset,” actor-director Farhan Akhtar said.

Veteran actor Anupam Kher, tweeted, “Anna Hazare, Kiran Bedi and Arvind Kejriwal arrested even before they reach JP park. Saddest day for Indian democracy.”

NRI’s vote for Anna

Indian students studying in various American Universities have come in strong support of social activist Anna Hazare and his protest against corruption.

A group of 35 students, went to the Indian Embassy in Washington to submit a memorandum addressed to the President of India. ”We as non-resident Indian citizens, unequivocally condemn the attitude of GOI (Government of India), and demand your intervention into the matter.

Hazare supporters court arrest in Goa

The activists from Goa decided to court arrest themselves and walked into to Panaji police station situated across Azad Maidan. ”I am Anna Hazare and my address is India Against Corruption,” the first activist who courted arrest told policemen. All other activists too gave their name as Anna Hazare except for a few from Bharat Swabhiman Trust.