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India protests swell as premier lashes out at anti-corruption crusader

The AP reports from NEW DELHI:

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh lashed out at India's most prominent anti-corruption crusader Wednesday, accusing the fasting activist of trying to circumvent democracy by demanding Parliament pass a reform bill he supports.

Hundreds of demonstrators chanting "down with corruption" and "hail Mother India" gathered in a show of support at the jail where Anna Hazare was holding his hunger strike. Continue reading.

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An activist of India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party and supporter of prominent anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare shouts during a protest in Amritsar, India, on Aug. 17. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh lashed out at India's most prominent anti-corruption crusader Wednesday, accusing the fasting activist of trying to circumvent democracy by demanding Parliament pass a reform bill he supports.

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Yoga guru Swami Baba Ramdev, center, gestures to supporters of Anna Hazare as they gather outside Tihar Jail, where Hazare is held, in New Delhi on Aug. 17.

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