On the sixth day of the IAC protest at Freedom Park, more than five thousand people gathered to show their support.
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Thousands signing the banner supporting Anna Hazare. Pic: Padmalatha Ravi
Master Hirannaiah, a theatre personality, known for his ability to deliver scathing views on politics, did not dissappoint. Dr Devi Shetty who gave a brief speech got a rousing welcome from those gathered. Hundreds of organisations pledged their support.
Many of the particpants were joining in for the first time. A businessman, Anup, in his mid-thirties, said ‘I was holding back because, I have paid a lot of bribe in my time.’ On asking what changed his mind he said ‘may be if I join in, I won’t have to pay bribe anymore.’
Cozy Sunday morning did not deter families from joining in the protest. Many had brought their children along. Some children just few months old. Nobody wanted to miss the action. Young and old, political, apolitical, mere obervers, everyone was there.
A pic essay.
Age no bar for the support. Pic: Padmalatha Ravi
Families turned up in huge numbers to show support
Parents wanted their children to witness it, however young. Pic: Padmalatha Ravi
Dr Nikhil, ENT specialist and his wife Dr Prarthana, a public health official think their presence will add to the swelling numbers and encourage the leaders to end corruption. They brought their daughter Gowri along. Pic: Padmalatha Ravi
Volunteers painting tri-colours. Much like on a cricket match day. Pic: Padmalatha Ravi
We are ready to give up our Sunday for Anna Hazare, said these students from Vidya Jyothi School, BTM layout. Pic: Padmalatha Ravi
Chakravyuha of Corruption. We are having to live with corruption. We haven’t got our Khatas 16 months after the SC order, say residents of Sachidanandanagar. They’ve been fighting to get khatas without bribe. Pic: Padmalatha Ravi
Rame Gowda, the security supervisor at Freedom Park, is pretty impressed that the number of participants have increased since April. But he says ‘all these people will say a lot of things but corruption will go on unabated.’ He has no inclination to join the protesters, he says. Pic: Padmalatha Ravi
Benjamin Lim is from Singapore and this is his first visit to India. He decided to spend the one day he is in Bangalore at the Freedom Park. Pic: Padmalatha Ravi