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Indian police break up yoga guru’s anti-corruption protest

Tens of thousands of demonstrators had gathered in Delhi in support of Swami Ramdev’s fast against corruption

Thursday 9 June 2011, by Jason Burke

Indian police have used teargas and batons to break up a mass anti-corruption protest led by India’s most famous yoga guru, in the latest high-profile clash between authorities and campaigners.

At least 30 people were injured, several seriously, in chaotic scenes in the capital, Delhi, after talks between the government and the saffron-robed guru Swami Ramdev to end the protest broke down.

Just as senior government figures appeared on TV threatening "firm action", police appeared and started to disperse tens of thousands of demonstrators, many from rural areas or small towns, who had gathered under tents in the centre of the capital. Some of Ramdev’s supporters threw stones at police.

Ramdev, who rose from a humble background to run a £20m empire of ashrams and alternative medicine, was arrested while trying to disguise himself in women’s clothing, and was flown to the northern city of Haridwar, where he has his headquarters.


Source: The Guardian