India's anti-corruption protests (PHOTOS)

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Activists from India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hold lighted torches and candles during a protest march in New Delhi on August 16, 2011, against the arrest of Indian social activist Anna Hazare.

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Thousands have galvanized around 74-year-old Anna Hazare, the Gandhian activist who first launched a "fast unto death" anti-corruption protest back in April.

Delhi police arrested Hazare on Tuesday morning, also detaining thousands of his supporters. In an about face later that day, they released Hazare.

But Hazare refused to leave the jail without written permission that he could continue his hunger strike.

So far, everything the authorities have done to quell the demonstrations has backfired, with some commentators even hinting at the Indian version of the Arab Spring.

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    Activists from India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hold lighted torches and candles during a protest march in New Delhi on August 16, 2011, against the arrest of Indian social activist Anna Hazare.

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    RAVEENDRAN

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    Indian social activist, Anna Hazare gestures after a meeting at the Finance Ministry in New Delhi on June 20, 2011.

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    MANAN VATSYAYANA

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    Supporters of Indian social activist Anna Hazare, including members of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), pose with fake rupee notes signifying corruption during a rally in Hyderabad on August 17, 2011.

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    Indian policemen stand in front of supporters of Indian social activist Anna Hazare holding candles and shouting slogans during a protest march in New Delhi on August 16, 2011.

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    FINDLAY KEMBER

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    Indian yoga guru Swami Baba Ramdev (C) gestures to supporters of Indian social activist Anna Hazare as they gather outside Tihar Jail, where Hazare is held, in New Delhi on August 17, 2011.

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    SAJJAD HUSSAIN

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    Indians wave the national flag as they surround 73-year old anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare during a protest at Rajghat in New Delhi on August 15, 2011.

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    SAJJAD HUSSAIN

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    Indian policemen stand in front of supporters of Indian social activist Anna Hazare holding candles and shouting slogans during a protest march in New Delhi on August 16, 2011.

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    FINDLAY KEMBER

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    A supporter of Indian social activist Anna Hazare covers himself with a plastic sheet as he waits outside JP Park in New Delhi on August 16, 2011.

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    MANAN VATSYAYANA

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    Supporters of Indian social activist Anna Hazare light candles during a protest march in Amritsar on August 16, 2011.

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    NARINDER NANU

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    Indian security personnel stand in front of an arrested supporter of Indian social activist Anna Hazare as he shouts slogans from a police bus in New Delhi on August 16, 2011. Indian police have detained a 73-year old anti-corruption campaigner, Anna Hazare, as he prepared to push ahead with a banned hunger strike in New Delhi, witnesses said.

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    A supporter of Indian social activist Anna Hazare sits with his mouth taped outside the Chhatrasal Stadium in New Delhi on August 16, 2011.

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    SAJJAD HUSSAIN