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Friday, August 12, 2011

India snubs America over advice for Anna Hazare's rally!

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NDTV Correspondent, Updated: August 12, 2011 19:09 IST.

New Delhi:  India has made it clear that America's inputs on how to handle Anna Hazare's upcoming hunger strike are not needed or welcome.

In response to a question the official spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said, "We have seen the needless comments by the US State Department Spokesperson on handling of peaceful protests in India. Freedoms of speech and expression, as well as, of peaceful assembly, are enshrined in the Constitution of India and exercised by citizens of this country of 1.2 billion people."

Earlier today, US State Department spokesperson, Victoria Nuland, told reporters during her daily news conference, "As you know, we support the right of peaceful, non-violent protest around the world. That said, India is a democracy, and we count on India to exercise appropriate democratic restraint in the way it deals with peaceful protest."

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