On March 28, Razily, a young Malagasy man, unarmed, stood tall as he carried a Malagasy flag while marching towards soldiers during a rally protesting the latest coup d’etat in Madagascar. As a shield, he wrapped a schoolbag around his chest.The soldiers fired at him in vain to deter him from walking any further. Razily kept on marching until he was surrounded by the soldiers who pushed him in the bed of their van. Another young man who approached the soldiers to inquire about Razily’s well being was also pushed in a pick-up truck. Since then Razily and his friend have been missing. We are concerned about their wellbeing. We are worried that they may be dead. We are preoccupied about the escalating disrespect for democracy and freedom of speech in Madagascar. Later on an official announcement by the armed forces stated that Razily and acquaintances will be tried for “flag theft”. All communications about Razily and his friend have ceased since. No news about their trial, no news about their whereabouts, no news about them being dead or alive.

2 Responses to “About Razily”


  1. 1 Mahery May 10, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    I support all petition for the Malagasy Heroe Razily ! We want him liberated : WE HAVE TO KNOW WHERE HE IS !!!!!

  2. 2 GONZ May 5, 2009 at 8:42 am

    When thinking about Razily’s case, a nationalist malagasy song arise in me. That is because that man shows a patriotic spirit with non violence. Its not acceptable that malagasy like them destroy this patriotism. Why ?… Cdt Charles, HAT,Gal Ramakavelo, Bishop Odon… do you agree that ? We cannot understand, we cannot agree you silence. Instinctively, frustration, violence for vengence arise in our womb because our dignity, our will to bring up Madagascar are broken down. There is a “jeuno-cide” in Madagascar. Or Island need his own “oxy-jeune”… That is why we have to moov, sing and make alive this song:

    “Ry Malagasy maro mitsangana izao ! Njao ny feon’ny Tanindrazanao ka henoy… Raiso ka asandrato ny Fanevanao.
    Ny Nosinao avoty fa tena mahonena, arovinao ny Gasy!…”


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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.

Testimonies:

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?"