MORAMANGA, Madagascar (Xinhua)
-- Madagascar’s leaders called
for solidarity to stop cyclical political crisis in the
country during the celebration of the 71th anniversary
of Madagascar’s uprising against France on Thursday.
remembrance activities, including worship, wreath-laying
ceremony, carnivals, exhibition and banquets were held
throughout the country to remember tens of thousands of
victims in the fight against French colonizers.
In the town
of Moramanga, 110 km northeast of Madagascar’s capital
Antananarivo, Madagascar’s president Hery
Rajaonarimampianina held a wreath-laying ceremony, where
hundreds of nationalists were buried in a cemetery of
by these nationalists showed us that solidarity is
useful to save the country,” Madagascar’ president said
“We had our
independence 13 years after the uprising by
nationalists. However, 58 years after our independence,
Madagascar is still colonized in various manners.
Natural wealth of Madagascar are still exploited
illicitly. Corruption still reigns and makes [our]
population the poorest in the world. Technology
especially social networks are still used to divide our
community,” the president said.
Rajaonarimampianina added that Madagascar’s economy is
going down amid cyclical political crisis as the nation
is to elect a new president this year.
Minister Beni Xavier Rasolofonirina was direct when he
pronounced his speech targeting politicians by saying:
“To respect and honor those who died for our
independence, I call all politicians to stop provocation
verbally or through media.”
“Politicians, if you really love your nation and if you
really respect democracy, educate all Malagasy citizens
to face the elections, which is the only way of power
change accepted by all countries worldwide,” the defense
defense minister and the president said that politicians
should not wait for other countries or foreigners to
develop Madagascar. Only solidarity of Malagasy citizens
can develop the country, they said.
On March 29,
1947, the uprising against France broke out throughout
Madagascar, with the most violent incident in Moramanga.
named Rakoto Daniel, 95, told Xinhua that the uprising
against French colonizers followed protests against the
drudgery imposed by France on Madagascar, the payment of
tax by Malagasy people to French people in their
homeland Madagascar, and the manner in which French
colonizers treated the Malagasy people.
led to many excesses and war crimes such as torture and
burnt villages. Statistics released by France, shortly
after the event, said pacification by France in
Madagascar resulted in 89,000 Malagasy victims in 20
was colonized by France from 1896 to 1960 and achieved
its independence on June 26, 1960.
launches flights to three new destinations in Africa
ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- Ethiopia’s
national carrier Ethiopian Airlines (ET) on Tuesday
opened three African destinations including Kisangani
and Mbuji-Mayi in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and
Nosy Be island in Madagascar.
the inaugural ceremony in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa,
company CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said the new
destinations will boost intra-Africa air connectivity.
He also said
that the new flight destinations will ease the travel
for business people by providing the fastest route
possible, especially for businessmen from the two
countries and China.
Airlines currently flies to three other destinations in
DRC being the capital Kinshasa, the southern city
Lubumbashi and Goma in eastern DRC. ET also currently
flies to Madagascar capital Antananarivo.
first African airlines to fly to a Chinese destination
back in 1973, currently flies to Beijing, Chengdu,
Shanghai, Hong Kong and Guangzhou. It also plans to add
Shenzhen as its sixth Chinese destination in June.