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Victims of riots in the capital of Madagascar were 34 people

January 28 2009

34 people were killed in the Madagascan capital Antananarivo during mass protests against the dictatorship of President Marc Ravalumananany.

Mark Ravalumananana ordered to send troops to the capital to prevent unrest. Supporters of the opposition, led by Mayor Andrew Radzhoelinoy gathered Monday at the city's central square for a rally, who on Tuesday turned into riots. The crowd smashed a number of shops, burned down the building of television and radio, according to P IA News .

During the scuffles with the police before the death of one of the demonstrators and police, and later became aware of 34 deaths, including 25 burnt during fires. "We have found 25 bodies. They burned beyond recognition, and to identify them will be difficult," - said the officer, the Metropolitan Fire Service. "Robberies have occurred throughout the night. We have arrested 27 people," - said the local police chief Francis Randrianantoandro.

Mayor, who gathered on the eve of the rally, said Tuesday that he would not negotiate with the president, who, in his opinion, is a dictator, and called for new protests. "The protests will resume tomorrow, meetings or dialogues (the president) will not" - said Radzhoelina.

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