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September 30, 2022

Indian activist’s detention sparks protests

New Delhi – Thousands of Indians took to the streets Wednesday in a show of solidarity with a 72-year-old activist arrested a day earlier, as he prepared to go on a public hunger strike to push for stronger anti-corruption measures, the CNN informs.

Authorities detained Anna Hazare on Tuesday for planning to hold the strike at a public park without agreeing to police conditions, investigators said. Organizers did not accept six of 22 police conditions for allowing the protest, including limiting the crowd to the capacity of the ground, police said. Police also briefly detained 1,300 supporters who planned to join him at a protest site.

A magistrate sent Hazare and seven supporters to jail after they failed to post bail, according to Rajan Bhagat, a police spokesman in New Delhi. They were freed hours later and shifted to a prison office after the magistrate issued release orders, jail spokesman Sunil Gupta said.

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