Faced with mounting pressure to reform and constant criticism on a deteriorating economy, Ratsiraka’s government implements a radical procedure to enhance its image. The Manga Be or Big Blue (a truck) is put into service and manned by police skilled at grabbing their quotas (children aged 6 to 12). The double cabin Mercedes 911 goes for daily rounds, no questions asked, fills up and heads out of town. Six kilometers from the center of the city, they are offloaded, logged in, clothed, fed and locked up. A playground bordered by a few rooms is their new home. It’s supervised by firemen who institute a form of national military service.
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