Despite rigid security measures by Congolese troops against photographers and reporters, film just received in London from the strife-ridden new Republic shown armed soldiers of the mutinous Force Republique at Leopoldville forcing hundreds of Belgian refugees to disembark from a ferry-boat waiting to take them over the River Congo to safety in Brazzaville.
GV Cars and refugees by ferry building.
GV Refugees' cars move along street.
MV Refugees with luggage past camera.
ELEVATED GV..refugees with children move along.
LV Refugees on ferry with two Congolese soldiers looking on.
GV Congolese soldier walks along ramp towards people on ferry.
MV Africans and refugees.
GV Refugees come off boat.
CV Women refugees waiting to move off boat.
SV PAN..crowd of refugees, with Africans looking on, prepare to leave boat.
CV Women prepare to leave.
GV refugees leave ferry.
CU Women refugees.
CU Little girl.
MV Refugees await their turn to leave.
GV Refugees leaving.
SV Director of Ferry Company driven off in jeep by Congolese troops.
LV Congolese troops guard empty ferry boat.
GV PAN..refugees' cars lined up prior to embarkation.
GV PAN..cars with Congolese army jeep passing in b/g.
LV Army truck passes cars.
CU Bullet hole in car windscreen.
SV Parked cars.
GV Cars waiting as ferry departs.
LV Refugees move along.
CV Group of male refugees waiting for embarkation tickets.
SV Above at ticket window.
GV THROUGH GANTRY WINDOW..woman refugee arrives, dumps bag near car.
GV CRUISING..Leopoldville in distance.
GV Cars with owners, on deck.
GV Refugees moving along at Brazzaville.
GV Refugees towards camera..with others waiting for transport in b/g.
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Background: Despite rigid security measures by Congolese troops against photographers and reporters, film just received in London from the strife-ridden new Republic shown armed soldiers of the mutinous Force Republique at Leopoldville forcing hundreds of Belgian refugees to disembark from a ferry-boat waiting to take them over the River Congo to safety in Brazzaville. The Director of the ferry-boat company was taken away by soldiers and the service suspended. Later, the stream of refugees across the river continued by launch.
The ferry-boat escape route was re-opened July 11 and crowds of Europeans queued for the crossing to Brazzaville. About 300 cars were seen awaiting embarkation at the quayside - some with bullet scars.
Belgian paratroops took control of Leopoldville July 13, after a pitched battle at the airport where mutineering Congolese troops had taken over and terrorized passengers. One Congolese soldier was killed and three Belgians, including two women refugees, were wounded. Then the Belgian soldiers marched through Leopoldville itself where hundreds of Belgians stood on balconies in the main street and cheered in relief as they passed by.
Minister of Information, Mr Kashamura, told the Parliament of the Congo Republic July 13 that the situation accounted to a state of war between Belgium and the Congo. In a noisy, wild debate Kashamura called on deputies to "bow before the Congolese killed on the battlefield." A Government source in Brussels said the Belgian Ambassador in Leopoldville, Baron Van Den Bosch, rejected a demand from Congolese leaders for Belgian troops to return to their bases.
Meanwhile, reports of violence and siege against whites continued to flow in. A Sabena airline pilot who reached Ndola, Northern Rhodesia, July 12, said that 55 white people had been killed at Luluabourg, where 2,000 troops of the Force Republique revolted before the town was reoccupied by Belgian soldiers.
Belgian troops withdrew from Matadi the same day before a superior force of Congolese soldiers. A Government source said it was a tactical withdrawal and no Belgians had been killed, although a number were seriously wounded.