Although Delhi police agreed Wednesday to relax six of 22 conditions they had made on his fast, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the same time struck out at Hazare, calling his hunger strike “misconceived” and “undemocratic”.
The 74-year-old activist has employed Gandhian tactics such as courting arrest and fasting to induce the government to panic in the hopes they would pass a tougher law against corruption.
Protests swelled around Delhi’s India Gate and across India Wednesday, as people held candle-light vigils, burned effigies of government figures, mourned the death of activist Shehla Masood, and held one-day strikes from work.
Outside the infamous Tihar Jail where Hazare is being held, which also holds several government officials charged with corrpution, thousands of protesters carried placards that said, “The corrupt are selling the nation” and “Right to Protest.”
Footage emerged Wednesday of the protests, showing schoolteachers and children protesting in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, in central India:
Protests are seen in Ellenabad, in the northern state of Haryana:
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