So, I'll start today. Here are two articles, both published January 19th, 2011. (Thankfully), the translation into English is already done when I receive them. When this all happened we got a text message to stay out of town, which wasn't a big deal. I've heard that they'll be back on strike next week.
For those that don't know, a pousse-pousse/rickshaw looks like this: Article #1
700 rickshaw cycles impounded
The 42 people arrested during the clash in Toamasina last Monday were not yet released until late yesterday. At the latest news, about 700 rickshaw cycles were impounded during the roundup conducted by the police since Saturday. Monday night, police have patrolled in the whole city to contain the demonstrations that occurred in several places. Yesterday, the calm came back in the capital of Betsimisaraka. Storekeepers opened their stores and students went back to school. The intransigence of the urban commune of Toamasina regarding the rickshaw cycles papers sparked things out. A demonstration was brewing since Saturday when the local authorities demanded the “capacity” that can be only delivered by the municipality. After two days of intransigence of the police, rickshaw drivers demonstrated on the street. The protestation vague got worse, leading to the intervention of the elements of the “Etat Major Mixte “of the Atsinanana Region.
Toamasina: All public transportation took a break from the road axis of the capital of the Atsinanana Region. Stores and shops in the city center as well as in neighborhoods had a long
Indian stores at Bazary-be closed since Saturday, the market day. This is what the people of the big port city experienced yesterday. No rickshaws, rickshaw-cycles, buses or taxis carried on their
daily occupation. Students used to taking the three transportation means listed above were late to school. Only private cars, bicycles, motorcycles occupied roads and boulevards, in addition to police vehicles doing patrols. The economic capital of Madagascar becomes a dead city under the pressures from these latter who gathered at EMMO REG.
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