The deposed mayor of Madagascar's
capital, Antananarivo is urging his supporters to wear black and white today in
remembrance of those who lost their lives during a protest march at the
presidential palace over the weekend. Andry Rajoelina is also accusing the
government of failing to protect the Malagasy population, which he claims are
exercising their freedom of expression. This
comes after President Marc Ravalomanana's government issued arrest warrants
against those complicit in the violence. Rajoelina also vowed to continue the
protest until there is a change in what he claims to be Ravalomanana's
dictatorial tendencies. Some political analysts say it is unclear who is named
in the arrest warrant, although opposition leader Rajoelina called for the
Malagasy journalist Mialy Randriamampianina tells reporter Peter
Clottey that the country seems to be split between partisans of President Ravalomanana
and the former mayor Rajoelina.
Mr. Andry Rajoelina asked the people to wear black and white in order to
respect the people who died from the events on Saturday. He also asked the
people to stay calm, saying that there wouldn't be any protest today. And on
the other hand President Marc Ravalomanana asked the people as well as
government employees to go to work, the students to go to school, to go about
their businesses as if nothing had ever happened over the weekend. So we don't
really know how the people are going to be reacting to the different talks from
the two people. But we would see how the people would react today,"
said there seems to be a deep division in the Malagasy society in the country's
fact is that the people in the capital, Antananarivo and all over the
Madagascar are divided into two. Some of them are really for Marc Ravalomanana,
and some of them are also for Andry Rajoelina, and there is also another part
that stays on quiet and on the fence. The fact is also that there is great
uncertainty about what is going to be happening next in Madagascar and
especially here in Antananarivo. We really don't know how the people would be
reacting with all the things going on. But I guess the events would determine
how the people would be reacting in the future. So we will see," she said.
said President Ravalomanana has so for not responded to the opposition leader's
accusation that he should be held accountable for the death of the civilians
killed during the protest over the weekend.
know, the President Marc Ravalomanana hasn't really reacted to the accusations
so far. All he said was that the people should remain calm. He also said that
the people who were killed did not follow the law because they were trying to
enter into the palace, which is owned by the president himself. So he didn't
really react to the accusations. Even during his announcement on the television
on Sunday, he didn't say anything about it," Randriamampianina pointed out.
said the government is yet to come out to announce an investigation into the
death of the protesters.
like that has been said, although the government told people to remain calm on
Sunday. And that they should behave as usual and go about their business as if
nothing has happened. There is also nothing about any investigation into the
death of those who went on the protest over the weekend. They didn't say
anything about it and told the population to remain calm," she said.
has launched a case to remove President Ravalomanana legally, with the two
houses of parliament and the constitutional court, which has already declared
him incompetent to rule on the matter. Ravalomanana has kept an unusually low
profile since the start of the crisis, insisting simply that he was still in
charge, and last week relieved Rajoelina from his duties as mayor of
Rajoelina accuses the president
of misappropriating public money, which he claims endangers the county's young
democracy. But questions about whether the opposition is offering real
solutions have intensified since the violence in late January, and the crowds
he has been drawing has since then have shrunk. The president has indicated
Rajoelina seems to the front man for more established figures in a country
known for infighting among small political elite.