The trading community in Cuddalore and Villupuram districts expressed their solidarity with the anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare through various means on Tuesday.

The major vegetable markets such as the Arignar Anna Market at Manjakuppam and the Pan Pari Market at Thirupadiripuliyur and shops and establishments at various commercial centres in Cuddalore district remained closed for the day.

At Annamalai Nagar in Chidambaram the traders observed fast and at Marakkanam in Villupuram district they took out a rally raising slogans in support of Mr Anna Hazare's cause. In a statement released here the Tamil Nadu Vaniga Sangangalin Peravai welcomed the battle being waged by Mr Anna Hazare against corruption which was aptly termed as the second Freedom Struggle.