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Madagascar protests go on as death toll rises

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There is no let up in the flow of bodies to Madagascar’s mortuaries, and after two weeks of bloody civil unrest more protests are planned.

The violence is the result of a desperate power struggle between a sacked maverick mayor Andry Rajoelina and Madagascar` s President Ravaloma Nana. This opposition member says: “We are witnesses to the bloodshed. We are all witnesses to the large number of wounded and dead seen at the hospitals therefore we call out to all Madagascan people to pursue the struggle, this is what we are calling for.” President Ravalomanana has presided over a period of sustained growth in the Indian Ocean island but critics say he has lost touch and failed to tackle poverty. Former mayor Andry Rajoelina is leading the opposition movement. He is trying to seize power and even declared an interim government. He has pledged to fight on until he wins what he calls final victory. For the people of Madagascar the bloodshed is far from over.