Vice-President Tsiebo of the Malagasy Republic, led an impressive ceremony in Tananarive on Wednesday (29 March) to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the rebellion of 1947.
Vice-President Tsiebo of the Malagasy Republic, led an impressive ceremony in Tananarive on Wednesday (29 March) to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the rebellion of 1947. People gathered at the War Memorial on the shores of Lake Anosy to watch the wreath-laying ceremony.
The Vice-President led the ceremony in the absence of president Tairanana, for whom a wreath was presented.
A number of the country's high-ranking civilian and military leaders were present, as were a number of veterans who had fought in the rebellion.
The rebellion, which was crushed by French colonial forces, was the start of a move for the independence of Madagascar -- ultimately granted by President de Gaulle in 1958. It then became Malagasy, a self-governing republic within the French Community. This was followed by full independence in 1960.
Official French sources at the time gave the number of dead during the rebellion as 13,000--but Malagasy sources now say the figure was closer to 80,000.
No European has over participated in or been invited to the annual commemoration ceremony at the Memorial to the war's dead.
SYNOPSIS: Vice-President Tseibo of the Malagasy Republic led high-ranking military and civilian officials to the War Memorial in Tananarive on Wednesday at the start of a ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of the 1947 rebellion.
The Vice-President was deputising for President Tsiranana in this year's ceremony which again took place on the shores of Lake Anosy. Many people participated in the commemoration.
No European has ever taken part in the ceremony, or has ever been invited to it because of its significance. The commemoration marks the anniversary of the start of Madagascar's fight for independence from France.
Independence was granted in 1958, by President de Gaulle. Madagascar became Malagasy, a self-governing republic within the French community. This was followed by full independence in 1960. Veterans from the rebellion were present on Wednesday. French sources then said thirteen thousand had been killed during the rebellion. But Malagasy sources today say the real figure was closer to eighty thousand.