Now, a lights-out campaign by Team Anna

August 11th, 2011 - 4:57 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 11 (IANS) Gandhian Anna Hazare has appealed to the nation to turn off the lights for an hour Aug 15 in a gesture meant to give momentum to their indefinite hunger strike from the next day.

Team Hazare has been granted a spot adjacent to the Firoz Shah Kotla Ground in the capital to hold its protest from Aug 16.

“On Aug 15, at 7 p.m., Anna will appeal to the nation to join the hunger strike for the sake of the country and appeal to everyone to turn out their lights between 8-9 p.m.,” Arvind Kejriwal of Team Anna told reporters Thursday.

“We appeal that in that one hour of darkness, they should light a ‘diya’ (an earthen lamp) which will signify a ray of hope to remove illiteracy, hunger and corruption from this country,” he added.

Further advising people not to resort to violence during the hunger strike, he said: “We appeal that no one should resort to violent means and people should not be adversely affected. We have come to know that some mischief mongers may enter the peaceful protests across the country and try to resort to violence.”

“So one should be careful of such elements. Anna has further said that if the government tries to force-feed him, he will appeal to the people of the country for a jail-bharo movement,” Kejriwal said.

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