28 Aug '11, 5am

India's Anna Hazare finishes fast after forcing Parliament to throw its weight behind his crusade

NEW DELHI - An Indian reform activist whose protest galvanised the nation's anger against corruption ended his 12-day hunger strike today after forcing Parliament to throw its weight behind his crusade. Seventy-four-year-old Anna Hazare accepted a glass of coconut water and honey from a 5-year-old girl as thousands of supporters cheered him on, waving Indian flags, chanting "long live India" and singing patriotic songs. "This is your victory. This is the fruit of your work in the last 13 days," Mr Hazare told the crowd, filled with supporters wearing the white cloth caps, reminiscent of India's independence leaders, that have become the protests' signature. Mr Hazare was expected to be hospitalised later in the day. Mr Hazare began his fast Aug 16 demanding Parliament pass his sweeping proposal to create a powerful anti-corruption ombudsman to police everyone from the prim...

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