After that the HCC (High Constitutionnal Court) issued the decision, on Wednesday March 18th, which confirmed the constitutionality of the ordinance that brought Andry Rajoelina at the head of the HAT (High Authority of the Transition), and especially after the official (…) installation on Saturday March 21st, almost all the political analysts and journalists thought that the political turmoil was over. The Ravalomanana supporters, the legalistic, and the anti-Rajoelina people, did not wait for too long time to react.
Since Monday, March 23rd, the “new opposition” has had a daily rally at the so-called “Democracy Square”, formerly known as the Amohijatovo garden.
This place which is located just next to “place du 13 mai” in Analakely, was renamed on Saturday January 17th by Andry Rajoelina when he was still the mayor of Antananarivo, to become “the Democracy Square”. His purpose was to give to the opposition a public place where it can voice its concerns and gather people without asking for a prior authorization to the chief of Antananarivo police.
Since Monday then, everybody who was against the coup d’état and who wanted Marc Ravalomanana to return to power, went on strike and met in the Democracy Square.They call themselves “Coalition for Democracy”.
Monday March 23rd, 2009
The rally of Monday could gather around 5,000 people.
There were also many people who stood on the platform (located in the middle of Democracy Square). I could feel immediately that there was a lack of organization.
Each speaker did not respect the time limitation which has been imposed to everyone.
Some speakers just disappeared when it was their turn to speak on the microphone.
And the security staff was not really able to master the security on the platform:
- some people from the crowd, could “easily” manage to have access to the platform;
- they did not check the identity of each person standing on the platform (that’s why I could get there);
Most of the speakers were not famous politicians. Nevertless, I noticed the presence of Raharinaivo Randrianantoandro, MP from TIM (Marc Ravalomanana’s political party) for the jurisdiction of Ambohidratrimo, Constant Raveloson, MP from MFM (Manandafy Rakotonirina’s political party), Mr. Alain Andriamiseza (head of the political party MDC (Christian Democrat Movement)) and Mr. Gégé Rasamoelina (famous actor). These people were already there last Saturday.
The MP, Constant Raveloson condemned the decision of the HAT (High Authority of the Transition) to suspend the parliament. He said that such decision was clearly unconstitutionnal. He also informed that the Andry Rajoelina’s administration plans to release Coutiti Assolant, a former military who has killed thousand of innocent civilians during the political turmoil of 2002.
At the end of the rally (around 01.30pm Madagascar time), a SUV full of armed militaries passed by the park. People started to boo these militaries. Suddenly, one of the militaries fired a tear gas. Seeing that people did not panic and did not move, the SUV immediately disappeared.
Most of the ralliers passed by “May 13th Square” in Analakely to go home. A hundred of people were waiting for them there. When they saw the ralliers, they all did the sign “V” with their fingers (this is the TGV’s sign) and started to provoke them (through insults and threats). Most of these TGV supporters were very young. The ralliers did not react and just walked peacefully. There was no clash.
Tuesday March 24th, 2009
Around thirty MPs led tuesday rally. We could see:
– the MP for the jurisdiction of Mampikony: Parson Zzaharivelo Rakotovazaha (independant);
– the MP for the jurisdiction of Bealanana: Lazafeno (AME);
– the MP, president of the TIM parliamentary group at the National Assembly: Zanilahy Stanislas Rakotomandimby;
– the MP for the jurisdiction of Tolagnaro: Yves Aimé Rakotoarison (TIM);
– the MP for the jurisdiction of Soanierana Ivongo: Fidison Mananjara;
– the Senator Rémi Vincent Andrianjanaka for the region of Vatovavy Fitovinany;
– the MP Constant Raveloson;
– the MP for the jurisdiction of Ambohidratrimo: Raharinaivo Randrianantoandro (TIM).
Raharinaivo Randrianantoandro has pointed out that Marc Ravalomanana did not resign on Tuesday March 17th. He explained that the president just transferred the duties of the president of the republic and the primeminister to a military administration.
People were very happy when they knew that Radio Mada (private radio station which belongs to Marc Ravalomanana) broadcasts again on FM 100.8.
After the rally, people headed to “May 13th Square Square” to go home. Over there, the TGV supporters waited for them. There were some fights and one guy (a rallier) used his gun to make them scatter. He after disappeared. TGV supporters run after him.
Wednesday March 25th, 2009
The wednesday rally was a key day for Ravalomanana supporters because Marc Ravalomanana left a telephone message to their attention, which said that he would be back soon and asked people to keep up the “resistance”.
The former Ambassador in Algeria, Dr. Vola Dieudonné Razafindralambo, attended the rally.
At 02.30pm, there was again a big clash between TGV supporters and ralliers from Ambohijatovo. There was a massive and intense stoning between both parties in “May 13th Square” Analakely.