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Antananarivo almost a ghost town after protests

Thursday 29 January 2009

Antananarivo's streets are close to deserted after residents of the capital heed their mayor's call to turn it into a ghost town following anti-government protests which claimed at least 68 lives. Some, however, chose to ignore the mayor's appeal.

Thursday 29 January 2009

Post your questions about the protests online to FRANCE 24 reporters Catherine Norris-Trent and Franck Berruyer in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

AFP- The Madagascan capital was deserted Thursday as residents heeded a call by the city's mayor to turn it into a ghost town after anti-government protests that have killed at least 68 people.
   
Shops and businesses were shut, schools remained closed and the weekly Thursday market was deserted with only small stalls in local neighbourhoods open, an AFP correspondent reported.
   
Public transport was, however, operating and cars passed intermittently on the practically deserted streets.
   
Antananarivo Mayor Andry Rajoelina on Wednesday urged residents to stay at home as he issued an ultimatum to the government to punish those behind the killing of a protestor on Monday.
   
Rajoelina, a vocal government critic, called for a general strike against President Marc Ravalomanana's regime which he has labelled a dictatorship.  The demonstrations turned nasty Monday as protestors looted shops, set fire to the state radio building, and ransacked Ravalomanana's private TV station.
   
The protests have posed the biggest political threat yet to Ravalomanana who won a second term of office in 2006.
   
Rajoelina has been at odds with the government since his December 2007 election. The tense relations worsened last month when the government shut his television station after airing an interview with former president Didier Ratsiraka.


 

  • 31/01/2009 16:57:27 Alert a moderator

    are you serious?

    Who does this Andry think he is? He was invited by the church leaders and the President Ravalomanana to have a talk and work things out and he did NOT show up. Instead, he went to the independence Avenue and self proclaimed himself as the president of Madagascar. He said that the Malagasy people want him to be president!!

    This is not democracy , if he wants to see what Malagasy people really want then they should vote. You can't just self proclaim yourself as a president because you think Malagasy people love you. There are 20 million people in M/car, how many of them what this pretentious mayor that has done nothing to be their president. I bet all of the DIRTY, OLD, CORRUPT Politicians with RATSIRAKA are all behind this nonsense.

    He has even the audacity to change the Malagasy Constitution. SOme people are really shameless.

  • 31/01/2009 09:37:00 Alert a moderator

    Madagascar

    We were in Madagascar in december and first week january, we happe to be back. This situation is becouse the pournes and to high prices.
    The rich don't care about the pour, they walk over them.

    John

  • 27/01/2009 13:51:13 Alert a moderator

    Political

    The guys below of Mayor is the ancien political men, what they did during the time in governement??
    It's as distrouble only the life of Malagasy and put the society Malagasy in the rtue povrety.
    They'll have a food and whatever they need but the people will have nothing, no work, the food will be high the price. Now just after two day the price of rice, oil already incrise!!!

    Just I know only by this governemnt we got the big projects, and the altitude of Malagasy I'm very sade for that.
    If like that, we'll live like the other African faithing every times like zimbabwe, congo or rowanda.

    Please, thinking twice the Malagasy people.

  • 26/01/2009 15:00:23 Alert a moderator

    DEMOCRACY IN AFRICA

    Pardom my ignorance ,but didn't Ratsiraka had enough time imposing his ideas ? Do those guys think that they are the only ones with ideas? Why they have a Democratic Republic if not to change people in power every so often?
    Hoping some day dictators like Dos Santos ,Mugabe and Ratsiraka be only bad mjemories of HISTORY!

    Vidéo

    • 'CALM RETURNS TO THE CAPITAL'

      Catherine Norris-Trent reports from Madagacar (Report: 29/01)

    • 'THE CRISIS MUST BE WELL MANAGED OR THERE WILL BE A CATASTROPHE'

      Madagascar's President Marc Ravalomanana - 29/1

    • 'A FEW PEOPLE WANT TO TAKE POWER'

      Madagascar's President Marc Ravalomanana

    • "SMOKE STILL BILLOWING"

      C. Norris-Trent reports from Antananarivo, Madagascar. 28/01/09 3pm GMT+1

    • "The death count in the capital is increasing by the hour"

      Nicolas Champeaux, Antananarivo, Madagascar, 27/01/09 (2100H)

    • THE SITUATION IS INTENSIFYING

      Richard Lough reports from the region (26/02)


 

 

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