Charred bodies found in wake of violent protests

Firefighters discovered 25 charred bodies in a looted department store in Antananarivo, Madagascar's capital. Violence and looting were rife Monday following protests against President Marc Ravalomanana. Warning: video contains graphic images.


Reuters - Firefighters have found 25 charred bodies in a looted department store in Madagascar's capital, a day after demonstrations ended in some of the worst violence in years on the Indian Ocean.

Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets on Monday, burning the state-owned television and radio station. A security source said on Monday that two people had been killed.

"I can confirm we have found 25 bodies. They are burnt beyond recognition and will be hard to identify," a senior fire officer told Reuters.

The leader of the anti-government demonstrations said earlier that he would not talk to government until those behind the death of an opposition supporter were brought to justice.

But Andry Rajoelina, the 34-year-old mayor of Antananarivo, said he was calling off plans for another day of protests.

The protests revived memories of past political volatility on Madagascar, the world's fourth largest island, and will not help the government's efforts to present the nation as a tourist haven and sound destination for investment in mining and oil.

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