21 Apr 2009

Madagascar protests turn deadly

11:00 am on 21 April 2009

A demonstration in Madagascar against the closure of two radio stations has led to fatal clashes between security forces and anti-government protestors.

Police and soldiers opened fire on the protestors, who had blocked roads and refused to disperse on Monday.

Two people died and 13 were wounded as clashes continued into the night.

Protest leaders have called for another demonstration on Tuesday. They support exiled president, Marc Ravalomanana.

Security forces used tear gas to break up the crowds, then opened fire.

Mr Ravalomanana resigned in March during a coup headed by opposition leader Andry Rajoelina.

Madagascar has been suspended from the African Union and the Southern African Development Community.