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Anna's protest affects Orissa courts, schools!


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August 17, 2011 / IANS, Bhubaneswar / DC.

Thousands of supporters of  Anna Hazare shout anti-government slogans as they march from India Gate - AFP
Thousands of supporters of Anna Hazare shout anti-government slogans as they march from India Gate - AFP.


Lawyers boycotted courts and students skipped classes in many towns across Orissa on Wednesday to support activist Anna Hazare's fight against corruption.
Work at various courts across the state, including the Orissa High Court at Cuttack, 26 km from here, was paralysed as lawyers marched wearing black badges and covering part of their faces with black ribbons.
"Anna's arrest was undemocratic," Lalatendu Samontray, secretary of the Orissa High Court Bar Association, the state's apex association of lawyers, told reporters.
The protest against the central government for arresting Hazare intensified here with people from all walks of life carrying out a number of marches separately.
Demonstrations, rallies and hunger strikes were also reported from other parts of the state. The protesters included freedom fighters, former judges, social activists, journalists and students.

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