Supporters of former President Marc Ravalomanana and newly installed President Andry Rajoelina reportedly clashed during an anti-government protest in Antananarivo on 25 March 2009. Anti-riot police officers fired warning shots into the air to disperse the crowd. There were no reports of serious injuries or arrests during the incident. Approximately 15,000 opposition supporters had gathered at the capital’s Ambohijatovo Park gardens to demand that Rajoelina step down from office.
Ravalomanana’s supporters have pledged to continue staging daily demonstrations until Rajoelina resigns. Ravalomanana gave his express support to his followers to continue their civil actions through a pre-recorded video clip that was broadcast during the 25 March rally, encouraging his supporters to “save the nation.”