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Delhi minister vows to escalate police reform protest

Published on Jan 21, 2014 2:39 PM
 
New Delhi's chief minister Arvind Kejriwal vowed to escalate his sit-in protest on Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014, after sleeping overnight on a pavement despite warnings that he is risking the gains of his new anti-corruption party. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (AFP) - New Delhi's chief minister vowed to escalate his sit-in protest on Tuesday after sleeping overnight on a pavement despite warnings that he is risking the gains of his new anti-corruption party.

Arvind Kejriwal, formerly a grassroots campaigner against corruption, declared himself an "anarchist" on Monday as he began a 10-day demonstration to demand police reforms.

He defied police lines and barricades to reach a place near the home ministry in central New Delhi, a high-security zone of grand sandstone buildings that houses the Parliament, various ministries and the presidency building.

"We will continue our protest. How can Home Minister (Sushilkumar) Shinde sleep when so many crimes are happening in Delhi? When women are unsafe in the city? We won't negotiate," Mr Kejriwal told reporters.

 
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