Antananarivo — Hundreds of Madagascan opposition supporters returned to the streets on Monday to protest against the president and a deadly crackdown by security forces on a demonstration against the government. Two people were killed and at least 16 wounded at protests in Antananarivo on Saturday that President Hery Rajaonarimampianina denounced as an attempted coup. As on Sunday, security forces banned access to the May 13 square in the city centre during the morning before withdrawing to allow the protesters to gather peacefully. "To avoid violent clashes, which could cause great damage between Madagascans, we chose to leave the place we had previously protected," Defence Minister Beni Xavier Rasolofonirina said. But he warned the protesters that the police would not "accept any state institution established outside the election process, because that is what is consistent with the constitution". The demonstrators have been protesting against new electoral laws that the opposition...

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