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March 29 vs. February 7th 26/03/2014 | 13:27:52

The press develops about the remembrance of the uprising of March 29th 1947, and notices that the victims of February 7th's purely political events happen to be better off than true veterans of the struggle for independence.


The newspaper La Nation has it this way about this topic: "It actually took hose veteran fighters who gave their blood away in nationalist struggles considerable time to be awarded anything like due acknowledgement from the local ruling states from the very first independence day. Twenty one years later, they were awarded a pension of MGF16 611 a year from 1981 on. From the year 2007 on, they were entitled to MGF480 000 a year. Nowadays, each of these 2 185 living heroes to the nation receives MGF 577 000 every three months. The elder among them is 101 years old, based in the district of Ambohidratrimo. They are remembered only once a year, when elderly from these times of past troubles have to be paraded for the March 27th’ show time. As a matter of fact, they are entitled to military reverence in the capital city's mausoleum and on the Place of Ambohijatovo, and enjoy a small bonus like a bunch of warm clothes shortly before the cold nights of April and July. A decent home in acknowledgement of their status would have not been a luxury, would it? Although, without looking down on the motivation of those who paid the blood price on February 7th 2009, they comparatively happen to be much better off than their peers of 1947. Sacrificed in the run of a much controversial event which paved the way to top power to the transitional leaders, these people scared on this black Saturday for the rest of their lives are now entitled to MGF 1 Million a month. The present comparison serves merely one purpose: bringing the fact to light, that appreciations massively and substantially depended on a transitional ruling power's interests and will to keep the show going on"


 

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