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Indian anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare begins another hunger strike

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Medical personnel checks the condition of Indian anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare on the first day of his hunger strike in Mumbai, India on Tuesday. Activist Anna Hazare started a new hunger strike to demand a stronger law while India's Parliament debates on anti-corruption legislation. Corruption has become a key issue as several big-money scandals hit Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government over the past year. Hazare has been campaigning for a strong anti-graft bill since April 2011 by holding hunger strikes and rallies.

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A supporter of veteran Indian social activist Anna Hazare shouts pro-Hazare slogans from inside a police vehicle after he was detained during a demonstration in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh December 27, 2011. A three-day fast led by 74-year-old activist Hazare and a plan for thousands of people to picket the home of Congress party leader Sonia Gandhi on New Year's Eve will be a test of strength for the anti-corruption movement that forced a government U-turn in the summer.

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Supporters of Indian activist Anna Hazare wave the Indian tricolour on the first day of his 3 day-long fast in Mumbai on Tuesday. The 74-year-old former soldier, Hazare, along with volunteers of his India Against Corruption (IAC) organisation embarks on a fresh hunger strike against a proposed new law to tackle endemic graft. At least 40,000 people a day are expected to attend the three-day fast in the city's northern suburbs, organisers said, even though lawmakers are still debating the planned legislation in parliament. The former army driver's latest high-profile protest comes amid question marks over the integrity of his anti-corruption movement, as well as criticism that he is riding roughshod over the democratic process.

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A Delhi Municipal employee fumigates the ground where supporters of Indian anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare gather to protest, in New Delhi on Tuesday. Hazare began a three-day hunger strike in Mumbai Tuesday even as the country's Parliament prepared to debate legislation to create an anti-corruption watchdog. Hazare, who claims inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi has called his protest against corruption the second freedom struggle and has fasted three times already to garner support for his demands.

From the Associated Press:

Hazare, who claims inspiration from Mohandas K. Gandhi, has called his protest against corruption India's second freedom struggle and has fasted three times already to garner support for his demands.

Thousands of people, many waving Indian flags and wearing the trademark white cap made popular by first independence leader Gandhi and now Hazare, gathered in support. As of Tuesday afternoon, the crowd was thinner than the tens of thousands Hazare drew to an August protest in the Indian capital.

Hazare is not without critics who say his populist campaign attempts to vilify all politicians and hold elected officials hostage.

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