1. Protest

    Indian Activist Leaves Jail

    India's most prominent anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare, center, waves to the crowd as he emerges from the gates of Tihar prison where he was lodged since Aug. 16, in New Delhi, India, Friday, Aug. 19, 2011. Nearly 2,000 men, women and schoolchildren had gathered outside Tihar Jail on Friday morning to catch sight of the white-clad activist who has channeled the tactics of freedom fighter Mohandas K. Gandhi into his fight to force the government to adopt his proposals for an anti-corruption law. (AP Photo/Pankaj Nangia)

    Pankaj Nangia / AP Photo

    Anna Hazare, India's most famous anti-corruption activist, has left prison and begun a public hunger strike. Hazare's arrest on Tuesday sent thousands of protesters into the streets. Authorities immediately tried to release him, but Hazare refused to leave unless the government freed him unconditionally. Yesterday the two sides reached a compromise that allows Hazare to protest in central New Delhi. Nearly 2,000 activists cheered outside the jail as Hazare was released and showered him with rose petals. Hazare is demanding the government pass his version of a proposed bill for a powerful anti-corruption ombudsman.

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