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Madagascar Security Forces Try to Quell Protests


Security forces have been deployed in Madagascar's capital to prevent further anti-government protests, one day after two demonstrators were killed in clashes with police.

Reports from Antananarivo said police stopped protesters from gathering near the city center on Thursday.

President Marc Ravalomanana has pledged to restore order to Madagascar after weeks of tense demonstrations.

Protests turned violent Wednesday in a central town outside the capital. Not all of the details are clear, but two demonstrators were shot dead and at least eight people were injured in the unrest.

Opposition leader Andry Rajoelina accused the president of being a dictator and is trying to force him to resign. On Monday, Rajoelina called for daily protests until the government steps down.

Rajoelina was deposed as mayor of Antananarivo on February 3 after he threatened to take over as Madagascar's leader.

More than 100 people have been killed and many others injured nationwide since the protests began earlier this year.

Negotiations between the president and opposition leader are stalled.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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