This week was really tough. I was always scared because I did not know which way to take to go back home after work. I did not want to be mixed in the riots. It was especially hard on Friday since the riots were at my neighborhood. I had to avoid the main streets and had to make a long detour. I tell you it is frustrating to meet the rioters and to hear the “bang!” of the teargas and gunshots.

TGV protesters have planned to keep on their “fight” (which has to win Andry Rajoelina used to say). Andry Rajoelina invited all campanies to join the meeting at the place du 13 Mai on Wednesday starting from 9.00 a.m. “We also fight for you”, said Andry Rajoelina, “so you will be able to work wider in Madagascar”.

The EMMO NAT at Soarano

The EMMO NAT at Soarano

Early in the morning, around 7.00 a.m., the force army were already at the place du 13 Mai and blocking access to Analakely. Angry protesters started to throw stones to the militaries who fired teargas and shot into the air to disperse those looters.

A 404 Berling destroyed by looters in Ambatonakanga

A 404 Berling destroyed by looters in Ambatonakanga

Since those looters could not have access to Analakely, they were making a mess in the surrounding areas: Antanimena, Ankazomanga, Behoririka, Ankadifotsy, Ambohijatovo, Ambatonakanga. Those activists were throwing stones to the force army. They also took the trash bins or burnt tires to block the streets. And those rioters were cursing the force army. We could hear from radios and newspaper that the public Secondary School (CEG) in Antanimena – teachers and students –  had been mistreated by those rioters.

The street of Antanimena full of stones

The street of Antanimena full of stones

Friday, VIVA TV broadcasted an invitation to all men to come to the pro TGV meeting at the place du 13 Mai. Since the force army did not allow anyone to penetrate Analakely, again the TGV meeting unsucceeded and degenerated into riots.

Still on Friday, heard on VIVA radio around 11.30 a.m., the speaker called all TGV followers to strengthen the guards in Ambatobe (where Andry Rajoelina lives) “to protect the President’s life”. In fact, starting from thursday around 22.30 p.m. the force army tried to arrest Andry Rajoelina at his place but did not succeed. VIVA said that the force army would be back again that day (Friday) so all pro TGV were called to protect their leader.

Obviously, TGV protesters arrived in Ambatobe and surroundings (Analamahitsy and Nanisana) to do what they have told to do: blocking access to Ambatobe to protect Andry Rajoelina. For that, they were using the usual method: puting trash bins and burning tires to block the streets at Marais Masay, in Nanisana and at the TOTAL gas station in Analamahitsy. And obviously, militaries had to come to scatter those people. From 4.30 p.m. to around 8.00 p.m, we could hear gunshots and teargas explosures but finally it was quiet.

Saturday, TGV protesters planned to make a “diabe”  a march (but they did not precise to go where) but finally did not take place. Analakely was still  inaccessible and well guarded by militaries. No rioters heard for this saturday.

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