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Thursday, 18 November 2010

Attempted military coup in Madagascar

FCO have released the following update following reports of an attempted military coup in Madagascar

"There is continuing political unrest in Madagascar. The situation is volatile and you should avoid demonstrations and political gatherings. You should exercise particular vigilance in Antananarivo and throughout the whole country following the referendum on 17 November.

The situation in the centre of Antananarivo remains unstable and potentially volatile. The Ambohijatovo, Lac Anosy, Antaninarenina and Analakely areas, as well as military barracks, are potential flash points and have been subject to such gatherings and outbreaks of violence. Further disruption is expected in the coming days.

On Wednesday 10 November 2010, there were disturbances in the Antanimena area, including the burning of vehicles. The unrest extended to Behoririka, Ankadifotsy and the Pochard market areas. Tear gas was used to disperse the demonstrations and some barricades were erected. You should avoid these areas where possible, including the Malacam stadium and Magro site in Antanimena."

The African Travel & Tourism Association ATTAK Newsletter - http://www.atta.travel

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