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Violence erupts in Madagascar

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Violence erupts in Madagascar


At least 34 people have been injured in Madagascar during pro-support demonstrations for the country’s former leader.

Thousands of protesters for ex-president Marc Ravalomanan gathered in the capital Antananarivo on Saturday — the sixth anti-government rally in six days. Violence broke out between security forces when demonstrators attempted to force their way into a square. The same one used by Madagascar’s new leader Andry Rajoelina during months of protests. Rajoelina, Africa’s youngest leader, assumed power last week. However, despite promising to fight poverty and restore democracy, the 34 year-old’s rise to power has been denounced by the outside world as a coup. In a short TV broadcast in Madagascar, ex-President Ravalomanana urged his supporters to continue protesting, at what he described as an illegitimate government.

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