`India would meet Anna challenge democratically`

State Department spokesperson, Victoria Nuland said the US has always supported the right to protest peacefully.

Washington: The US is confident that India, which is witnessing anti-graft protests led by activist Anna Hazare, would be able to address the challenge within its democratic means.

State Department spokesperson, Victoria Nuland, said the US embassy in New Delhi was monitoring the situation there.

"Our embassy has been monitoring the situation, and I think they have been saying the same thing in Delhi that we`ve been saying here with regard to our confidence and expectation that India is going to be able to address its internal matters, political disputes, through its own democratic system," Nuland told reporters at her daily news conference.

She added that the US has always supported the right to protest peacefully.

"We support the right of peaceful protest, including and especially in the United States," she said, when asked about the protests by supporters of 74-year-old Hazare in front of the Indian embassy in Washington.

Hazare has been on a hunger strike for 10 days demanding a bill for a strong anti-corruption agency, Lokpal.


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