Andhra continues protests to support Hazare

August 17th, 2011 - 3:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Hyderabad, Aug 17 (IANS) For the second consecutive day Wednesday, Andhra Pradesh witnessed protests across cities and towns in support of Gandhian actvist Anna Hazare, lodged in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail.

Leaders and workers of opposition parties, students, activists, NGOs and people from different walks of life came out of their homes on streets to show solidarity with the anti-corruption crusade of Hazare, who has refused to come out of jail till his demands are met.

Relay fasts, sit-ins, road blockades, human chains and rallies were organized across the state demanding the centre allow Hazare to fast without any conditions.

Carrying national flags and holding placards, the protesters marched on the streets, raising anti-government slogans.

Activists of the Hyderabad chapter of India Against Corruption, which backs Hazare, continued their fast for the second day at Indira Park.

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) staged protest demonstrations in several places.

For the second straight day, former chief minister and TDP President N. Chandrababu Naidu staged a sit-in in the state capital to support Hazare.

Naidu, along with other TDP leaders and workers, staged a sit-in at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in twin city Secunderabad. “We are also ready to go to jail. The protests will continue till the government agrees to take stronger anti-corruption measures,” he said.

In Nellore, TDP took out a motorcycle rally.

Lawyers in the Nampally criminal court here boycotted work and staged a protest. Lawyers also struck work in Karimnagar and Mahabubnagar districts.

At Sri Venkateshwara University in Tirupati, a large number of students staged a sit-in.

“The government is treating Hazare like a terrorist,” said one of the students sitting at the university entrance with a huge national flag in his hands.

Students and citizens from different walks of life took out a rally in Anantapur district.

Students also formed a human chain in Warangal district where the Communist Party of India took out rallies. The protesters set afire an effigy of the government.

At few places, the protesters resorted to road and rail blockade. In Kurnool district, they stopped Mumbai-Chennai Express for an hour.

Hazare was jailed Tuesday ahead of his fast for an effective anti-corruption law.

The Delhi Police action led to protests across the country. The government changed its mind later in the evening and released Hazare but he refused to move out of the jail until he was allowed to carry on his hunger-strike without any conditions.

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