Anna Hazare Leaves Jail

Activist tells the crowd it's time for a second revolution
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2011 8:38 AM CDT
Anna Hazare Leaves Jail
India's most prominent anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare is examined by doctors at the venue of a public hunger strike in New Delhi, India, Friday, Aug. 19, 2011.   (AP Photo/Mustafa Quraishi)

(Newser) – Anna Hazare left jail today amidst a throng of supporters who cheered and tossed rose petals for India's most prominent anti-corruption activist. “Whether I live or not, corruption shall not live,” Hazare told supporters, before heading to the public square of Ramlila Maidan to begin his hunger strike, according to the New York Times. “The youth of this country has awoken,” he declared when he arrived. “The traitors who have robbed this country will no longer be tolerated.”

"There was a revolution, and British left, but corruption and mismanagement did not," he continued. "Now this is a second fight for freedom, a second revolution." Thousands braved the rain to support the 74-year-old, including hundreds of children. "When the government could not stop us, this downpour is nothing," one student told the Hindustan Times. "I am here to witness history in the making." Read one banner: "You are Anna, I am Anna. Today, the whole country is Anna." (Read more Anna Hazare stories.)

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