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Madagascar Soldiers Refuse Orders To Kill


Soldiers in Madagascar capital Antananarivo have refused to take any more orders from the government.

Authorities in Madagascar on Saturday shut down the radio station of opposition leader Andry Rajoelina as part of a crackdown on anti-government protests.

Rajoelina, said yesterday he had gone into hiding following reports that authorities were trying to arrest him. He said he was in a safe location.

Security forces last week tried to arrest him after he walked out on direct talks with Ravalomanana.On Friday, activists in the capital, Antananarivo, put up barricades around Rajoelina's home to prevent his arrest. Rajoelina has called on President Marc Ravalomanana to step down, calling him too authoritarian.

This morning former presidential candidate Monja Roindefo told VOA’s Akwei Thompson a section of the army has refused to take orders from their superiors.

“This morning one army unit who are in charge of army materials and weapons got up and said to the Chief of Staff ofthe army that they are fed with the orders to shoot the peopleand kill the population,” the man Rajoelina appointed as his prime minister.

Roindefo said, giving the present climate, he was not optimistic about a peaceful deal being reached being reached by the two sides.

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