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Fresh pro-Ravalomanana protests turn deadly as demonstrations unrest lingers and instability in the political realm keep rocking the Malagasy scene. Rev 5:1 In the right hand of the one sitting on the throne I saw a scroll that had writing on the inside and on the outside. And it was sealed in seven places. I saw a mighty angel ask with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?" No one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or see inside it. I cried hard because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or see inside it.
April 23, 2009

[Diocese of Antsiranana - Indian Ocean] Madagascar protests turn deadly
Protests have been continuing for
several weeks in Madagascar
A demonstration in Madagascar against
the closure of two radio stations has
led to fatal clashes between security
forces and anti-government protesters
Police and soldiers opened fire on the
protesters, who had blocked roads and
refused to disperse. Two people died and
13 were wounded as clashes continued
into the night, but it was not clear
whether the deaths were caused by the
gunfire. Protest leaders have called for
another demonstration on Tuesday. The
protesters support the exiled president,
Marc Ravalomanana, who was forced from
power in March by his rival, Andry
Rajoelina.Monday's violence broke out as crowds
marched towards a courthouse in the
centre of the capital, Antananarivo,
protesting at the shutting down of Radio
Mada and Radio Fahazavana. Security
forces used tear gas to break up the
crowds, then opened fire.Mr Ravalomanana
said he would return within weeks
. Mr Ravalomanana resigned in March during a
coup headed by opposition leader Mr
Rajoelina. Mr Rajoelina has said he
intends to hold presidential elections
in October 2010 and has issued a warrant
for Mr Ravalomanana's arrest. Earlier on
Monday, Mr Ravalomanana said he was not
afraid of being arrested and was
planning to return to Madagascar in the
next few weeks. The former president
told a news conference in Johannesburg
that having early elections or a
referendum before the end of the year
was "the only way out of the crisis".
The international community has
condemned Mr Rajoelina's action as a
coup. Madagascar has been suspended from
the African Union (AU) and the Southern
African Development Community (Sadc). Mr
Ravalomanana said he trusted Sadc and
the AU would help him return.
Madagascar's ousted leader says he is
still president, and with the help of
others in Africa hopes to return to his
island nation within weeks.Marc
Ravalomanana has told reporters in South
Africa that he would be willing to share
power with the rival who forced him out
if he was committed to follow the rule
of law.Rival Andry Rajoelina took power
in March with the military's backing
after months of street protests. African
nations have called the takeover a
coup.Ravalomanana said Monday that a
Southern African Development Community
team headed to Madagascar this week
would try to persuade Rajoelina to give
up power. The regional group has
suspended Madagascar and threatened
sanctions if Ravalomanana is not