• Short Summary

    MR. LOUIS LUMUMBA, 32-YEAR-OLD BROTHER OF MURDERED CONGOLESE PRIME MINISTER PATRICE LUMUMBA, ARRIVED IN LEOPOLDVILLE?

  • Description

    MR. LOUIS LUMUMBA, 32-YEAR-OLD BROTHER OF MURDERED CONGOLESE PRIME MINISTER PATRICE LUMUMBA, ARRIVED IN LEOPOLDVILLE ON THURSDAY. BEFORE BEING TAKEN OFF IN AN ARMY TRUCK BY MILITARY POLICE, HE SAID HE HAD COME AT THE INVITATION OF THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT FROM SAKURU PROVINCE WHERE HE IS VICE-GOVERNOR.

    HE DECLINED TO SAY WHAT THE GOVERNMENT WANTED TO TALK TO HIM ABOUT, BUT SAID HE WAS NOT UNDER ARREST.

    SHORTLY AFTERWARDS THE CONGOLESE PRIME MINISTER, MR. MOISE TSHOMBE, RETURNED TO THE CAPITAL FROM PARIS. A SMALL BUT ENTHUSIASTIC CROWD JOINED GOVERNMENT AND MILITARY OFFICIALS, HEADED BY GENERAL MOBUTU, AT THE AIRPORT TO GREET THE PREMIER.

    HE SAID HE HAD HAD AN EXCELLENT RECEPTION IN FRANCE AND TOLD REPORTERS THAT THE REPORTERS THAT THE RESULTS OF HIS VISIT WERE POSITIVE. "FRANCE IS DISPOSED TO HELP US AS OTHER COUNTRIES ARE," HE SAID.

    THREE PLANELOADS OF EVACUEES -- INCLUDING 122 WHITES -- ALSO ARRIVED IN LEOPOLDVILLE THAT DAY FROM THE NORTH-EAST TOWN OF BUNIA WITH TALES OF ATROCITIES BY CONGOLESE INSURGENTS.

    TWENTY CONGOLESE SOLDIERS IN THE AIRLIFT SHOWED SIGNS OF TORTURE -- SOME HAD EARS CUT OFF AND THEIR NOSES SLIT. THEY HAD BEEN CAPTURED BY INSURGENTS FOUR MONTHS AGO.

    THE WHITES INCLUDED MANY PRIESTS AND NUNS WHO SAID THREE PRIESTS AND ONE NUN, ALL BELGIANS, WERE KILLED IN THE PAST FORTNIGHT. ONE SISTER SAID THE WHITES WERE NOT ILL TREATED AT FIRST, BUT ABOUT A MONTH AGO 70 NUNS AND 21 PRIESTS WERE PUT INTO A HOTEL UNDER GUARD. SOME OF THEM WERE THEN BEATEN AND HARSHLY TREATED.

    THE MISSIONARIES, MOST BELGIAN AND DUTCH, SAID THAT ABOUT 60 MORE WHITES HAD REMAINED IN BUNIA. MOST OF THE NON-MISSIONARY EVACUEES WERE GREEK TRADERS, AND THERE WAS ONE WOUNDED WHITE MERCENARY. THEY HAD BEEN FREED BY A COLUMN OF ABOUT 30 WHITE MERCENARIES AND 200 GOVERNMENT TROOPS.

    THE ESTIMATED TOTAL OF WHITES STILL IN TERRITORY HELD BY INSURGENTS NOW STANDS AT JUST OVER 500, ONLY HALF THE FIGURE LAST WEEKEND.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA12R872SBCUHT3USX18ELAEEKO
    Media URN:
    VLVA12R872SBCUHT3USX18ELAEEKO
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/12/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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