ANTANANARIVO, 16 March 2021 – University students in Madagascar continued street protests Tuesday, calling for the payment of their student grants.

Students say they have been waiting since last November to receive the grants, used by most students to pay for living costs, including buying food.

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The students have said they will continue the street protests until they receive payment in full, of between one month to up to four months in grant arrears.

Protests erupted in the capital, Antananarivo, after the kick-off was given by students in a university in Tamatavo on the country’s eastern coast.

The strikes then spread to Toliara, in the country’s southwestern region before hitting the capital.

Students at the University of Antananarivo and those at the Polytechnic also located in the capital are owed only one month of grant arrears.

Police have said four students were injured, including two who were admitted to hospital, while two others were arrested.

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