By Headlines Today, 23/09/2011
UNGA Summit: Obama praises Anna's anti-corruption campaign
In his speech to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Obama said, "We saw in those protesters the moral force of non-violence that has lit the world from Delhi to Warsaw, from Selma to South Africa."
Washington: The United States President, Barack Obama, on Wednesday praised the anti-corruption campaign launched by septuagenarian Indian activist Anna Hazare.
In his speech to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Obama hailed the wind of change sweeping across the Middle East and the Arab world. He spoke of the will of the people around the world, who want to live in freedom and dignity.
Though he did not name Hazare in particular, he mentioned non-violent protests in various parts of the world, including India, seeking freedom and change.
"We saw in those protesters the moral force of non-violence that has lit the world from Delhi to Warsaw, from Selma to South Africa," Obama said.
Hazare's peaceful protest, which gained huge popularity across the country and among its people staying overseas, against corruption had recently forced the Indian government to agree to his conditions for a strong Lokpal (ombudsman).
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