Madagascar commemorates 72nd anniversary of 1947 uprising

Madagascar commemorates 72nd anniversary of 1947 uprising. Photo : Wikipedia

Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – Today marks Madagascar’s 72nd anniversary of the 1947 uprising, a nationalist’s rebellion against French colonial which lasted from 29 March 1947 until February 1949.

L’Express Da Madagascar reported that as part of the commemoration, the government is currently hosting an exhibition of the archives of photographic illustrations relating to events of the uprising, in front of the Analakely City Hall.

Aimed at awakening the sense of patriotism among young people, the exhibition is held under the theme, “29 martsa! Tolompanafahana taratry ny hambompom-pirenena sy fandrosoana”, translated “March 29! The struggle for independence, a reaction of national pride and development”.

“The photos are more explicit than the writings because their senses are close to the veracity of the story, the writings could reflect the point of view of the author,” said the Ministry of National Defense’s Director of Communication, Colonel Herintsoa Gabriel Rasoloniaina.

President Andry Rajoelina is set to lay wreaths on the commemorative stele in Avaratra Ambohitsaiana before proceeding to Moramanga, where the most violent struggles happened.

The uprising

The country’s first French National Assembly Deputies, Joseph Raseta, Joseph Ravoahangy and Jacques Rabemananjara of the Mouvement démocratique de la rénovation malgache (MDRM) political party, led an effort to achieve independence through legal channels, but this initiative failed.

Coordinated surprise attacks were later launched by the country’s nationalists, armed mainly with spears, against military bases and French-owned plantations in the eastern part of the island concentrated around Moramanga and Manakara.

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