Razily is free and seen in public for the first time.

As confirmed by multiple  eye witness accounts, Razily is free and was seen in public for the first time. As reported on Fijery blog (fr), it is a tremendous news and a hopeful sign that a peaceful resolution can still be found to the Malagasy crisis.
We are happy for Razily and hope that we can hear his side of the story soon. Unfortunately, we also have to acknowledge that there are still many people missing or awaiting a trial in Madagascar.

We want to thank everyone who signed the petition and committed your name to Razily’s cause. We evidently do not know how much the petition contributed to Razily’s release and in fact, it does not matter much. The only facts that matter are that:

1) Razily is free, safe and sound.

2) many others are still missing or jailed without trial dates.

3) All of you, citizens and friends of Madagascar, contributed to a positive action in a period of Madagascar’s history that is sorely missing in stories to get cheerful about.

So  for that, we are forever grateful to all of  you and more importantly to Razily and his friends.


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Who is Razily:

On March 28, Razily, an unarmed Malagasy man, stood tall as he carried a Malagasy flag, marching towards soldiers during a rally protesting the recent coup in Madagascar. As a shield, he wrapped a schoolbag around his chest. The soldiers fired tear gas at him to deter him from walking any further. Razily continued marching until he was surrounded by soldiers and pushed into the bed of their truck. Another young man who approached the soldiers to inquire about Razily's well being was also pushed into the truck. They have not been seen or heard from since. We are concerned about their well being.


Ony: Razily : je m’incline avec le plus grand respect devant tant de courage et supporte cette pétition. Hitantana ny dianao anie Ny Tompo …/ ================= Ny Andry R: Ils démontrent par leurs actes leurs COURAGES. MISAOTRA RAZILY sy IANAREO NAMANY; Raha mbola velona aina izy ireo ka tafavoaka dia asiana indray ny pétition angatahana ny hanomezana azy 3 mirahalahy ny Grand Croix de 2ème classe , satria izy ireo no mendrika izany mihoatra noho izay nomena izany hatrizay. / =============== LR: "Razily embodied the hope of the silent majority that is neither pro-Rajoelina, nor pro-Ravalomanana, that believe that there is still room for understanding and compromise if we reach out to each other and think of the nation first ( hence the flag). The fact that he marched on undeterred by the bullets around him made a strong impression on many of us. Bloggers have the protection of being behind the computer screen, Razily did not." / ==================== Solofo:"quelles sont les charges contre-lui? (avoir porté un drapeau et avoir osé marcher vers les militaires?); Où est il en detention? A-t-il eu droit à un avocat ou au moins la visite des siens?"