Madagascan President Marc Ravalomanana called for solidarity and contribution of the people to the development and prosperity of his country here on Thursday, the day when Malagasy started their anti-French colonialism uprising 60 years ago.
Saying colonization was a shame for the country, the president called on the new generation to never forget the past and the sacrifices the anti-colonialism fighters contributed to the independence of the Indian Ocean island country from France in 1960.
He thanked those survival fighters of the events in 1947 for their courage, their patriotism and their contribution to the country and urged the young to learn and take as a model from those heroes.
The enemy now faced in Madagascar was poverty and ignorance, said Ravalomanana, who also laid a wreath to the monument to unknown anti-colonialism martyrs at the heart of the capital city.
He appealed for unity of the people for the fulfillment of the development program of government, or map of action plan announced earlier this month.
On March 29, 1947, some Malagasy people started anti-French rule uprising, which led to the dead of many, and the first commemoration of the events took place in 1967 under what was known as the First Republic in Madagascar, which declared the day of March 29 as "a national dead day," as a memory for all the people killed during the fight.
The French built up a network of coastal trading posts in Madagascar from 1643 onwards and formally began their colonial rule of the country in 1896.
Many activities were also organized to celebrate the special day, which is not marked every year, including parades along the independence avenue of in Antananarivo and an exhibition showing important events in the history of 1947 and photographs to illustrate these events.