Walter Astrada - Argentina - Blood-Bath-in-Madagascar-06
Two supporters of Antananarivo Mayor Andry Rajoelina take refuge behind a container as the police fire tear gas after a rally in the main avenue of the Madagascan capital Antananarivo on February 16, 2009.
Comment from Walter Astrada:
“After days of civil unrest, with factories and stores belonging to Madagascar’s president ablaze, Rajoelina, Madagascar city’s mayor (a 34-year-old former disc jockey) announced that Roindefo Monja, a politician from the Southwestern city of Tulear, would be the prime minister of his “transitional government”.
Mr. Rajoelina urged the crowd of thousands to march to nearby Ambohitsorohitra Palace, which houses the government offices. A first cordon of anti-riot police retreated as the protesters advanced. However, security forces inside the palace opened fire on the protesters killing 28 people and wounding 212 in cold blood.
Finally, on 18 March, Rajoelina became Madagascar’s acting president, a day after the army ended the months of power struggle and swept him to power. More than one hundred people in Antananarivo and elsewhere had died.”