It is only now that I can talk about it …
The events which occured last Saturday were too traumatizing for myself, my family and my friends (workmates included). Fucking shit! This stupid rally has gone too far! I’m damn pissed off with all bullshits which are happening to my country. What’s happening to us guys? Do we all go bananas? I’m feeling like a little bottle within the ocean … Who will pick me up and read my SOS message? WHO?
“Bloody Saturday” This is the name that I decided to give to that dark day of February 07th, 2009. Actually, I hesitated between “Stupid Saturday” and “Bloody Saturday”, but if you read carefully this post, you may end up thinking that I should have kept both of them …
Place of May 13th
After 02 days of interruption, the TGV and the opposition gathered people again on the place of May 13th, on Saturday February 07th, 2009. This public meeting, like all the meetings before it, did not receive any approval from the “préfet de police” of Antananarivo, as provided by the law. No policeman was seen around, is this the préfet de police’s way to allow such meeting?
Most of the famous political leaders from the opposition were there.
Some members of the parliament which belong to the opposition wing, attended the rally
But nobody expected to see the famous nephew of the former president Admiral Didier Ignace Ratsiraka: Rolland Ratsiraka in such meeting. Actually the current governement has issued an arrest warrant against him.
It is then possible in Madagascar to wander throughout the capital when you are under an arrest warrant …
Andry “TGV” Rajoelina declared that he is going to establish a transitional governement and that the head of the state will be led by an entity named “HAT” (High Authority of the Transition) in which he will be the president.
Andry “TGV” Rajoelina also appointed the primeminister of the transitional governement: Monja Roindefo, leader of the political party MONIMA KAMIVIMBIO (political party which has been founded by his father, Monja Jaona, a famous nationalist.
Monja Roindefo made speech in 03 languages: Malagasy – French – English
The point which has attracted my attention in his speech was that according to International constitutional case laws (Does that exist???), their movements, their actions comply with an international principle which provides that “legitimacy prevails on legality”.
After his speech, Andry “TGV” Rajoelina declared that the presidential palace of Ambotsirohitra belongs to the “Commune”, and that he wants to give it to the primeminister.
Monja Roindefo replied that the “people” has to take the palace of Ambotsirohitra. He also said that the time for such action depends on the so-called “people”.
To such question, the crowd answered: RIGHT NOW! NOW!
Presidential palace of Ambotsirohitra
The crowd arrived near the presidential palace around 02.40pm Madagascar time. The immediate surrounding of the palace was tightly kept by police forces.
The policemen kept all the main roads which led directly to the presidential palace.
The policemen banned the access to the presidential palace.
Despite the growing tension, the policemen remained very calm.
Some MPs negotiated with the policemen to allow people to get in. I noticed that policemen also discussed the decision to make.
Finally, the policemen decided to back little by little untill the crowd was near of the gate of the palace.
There was a group of MPs which started to negotiate directly with the officer who was in charge of the security of the palace.
Suddenly, there were grenades which exploded. I hears strong gun shots. Everybody paniced and started to run away. There were even soldiers and policemen who also run away from the palace.
The shooting kept on for one hour. Most of the people who “dared” to get closer to the palace were shot. The ambulances came … One of our good friend, a journalist from the RTA Group (Radio Television of Analamanga): Ando Ratovonirina, died. He was shot on his throat.
According to the latest information I have, the number of “casualties” is amounted to 53 deads. 53 people which ceased to live in this special bloody Saturday … 53 people who really believed on what TGV and the opposition said… 53 people who though that the Army will never dare to open fire… 53 people who died for an uncertain cause …