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Anna Hazare ends 13-day fast, addresses crowd

Sunday, August 28, 2011 | 0 comments

Live updates from Ramlila Maidan in Delhi:
Anna Hazare has ended his 13-day long fast, after the Parliament cleared his three demands late last evening.
He broke the fast with coconut water and honey.
He said "stay away from the media".
"This the victory of the people of India. All the efforts that you have put in in the last 13 days, have born fruit. I would like to thank the media for helping this victory happen. I thank those who continously cared for my health. I want to thank the members of the civil society," he said.
"It is a victory of every India."
"Please sit where you are. Let me finish my speech."
Kiran Bedi informs Anna that there is no place to be seated in the crowd.
"The example you have set by protesting peacefully, without violence is an important thing to be noted about this protest. It's an example for the people of the world."
"People's Parliament is bigger than the Delhi Parliament."
"It's a request that this protest has brought about a hope that a change is possible by people's power. We have to bring about the changein compliance with the Constitution. This protest has restored faith in a corruption-free country."
"We have to change the election system. When people say they don't like the electoral candidates, they should be able to vote for none. The election should be null and void if majority bote for none. People should have a right to say they do not support any party."
"We have to bring about a change in the education sector.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's letter was handed over to Anna by Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, following which Anna announced that he would be breaking his fast today.
As soon as he breaks the fast, he will be admitted to Mdanta Medicity hospital in Gurgaon.
Activist Arvind Kejriwal is thanking Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Parliament.
Anna Hazare is going to break his fast shortly.
He is thanking the Delhi police, those who made food for the protestors at Delhi's Ramlila Maidan.
He is also thanking Sri Sri Ravi Shankar for mediating, Art of Living volunteers, those who participated in the protest in support of Hazare.
"We are not against the Constitution. Some Dalits have expressed worry that we have demanded amendment of the Constitution. But this is not the case."
"Under the Lokpal fight, we promise people right to recall, judicial reforms and other such movements."
He made people take an oath that they will "not bribe or accept bribe".
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