• Short Summary

    Huge crowds of Africans, armed with pangas, sticks, iron bars and muzzle-loading rifles, marched through the streets of Elisabethville, Apr.7, after public speeches by President Tshombe of Katanga following a heated dispute with Swedish UN troops over the control of the city's airport.

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    Huge crowds of Africans, armed with pangas, sticks, iron bars and muzzle-loading rifles, marched through the streets of Elisabethville, Apr.7, after public speeches by President Tshombe of Katanga following a heated dispute with Swedish UN troops over the control of the city's airport.

    Reports of the further advance of Tshombe's forces against Lumumbists in northern Katanga had sparked off rumours that Indian UN reinforcements might be flown into Elisabethville to intervene in the fighting. President Tshombe mobilised the entire population of Katanga after Swedish troops had disarmed and arrested Katanga units who tried to take over the airport.

    Feeling was running high as Mr. Tshombe announced that all contacts with United Nations soldiers and civilians were banned, and that water and electricity supplies to the Swedish camp outside the city had been cut off.

    Later he told a crowd of 6,000 that agreement had been reached on joint control of the airport by United Nations and Katanga forces. When he added that he would have asked his people to capture the airport if agreement had not been reached, the crowd no longer listened to him but began to stream towards the airport.

    Swedish troops armed with Bren guns and bayonets faced a seething mass of Africans. Katanga police temporarily stopped their advance, but some africans broke through a light barrier and ran on to the airfield. They tore down the United Nations flag, ripped it to pieces and hoisted the Katanga flag. Finally the crowd dispersed, leaving the Sweden and the Katanga police in control of the airport buildings.

    Latest reports say the situation in Elisabethville continues to be tense, with the local population refusing to sell the United Nations civil and military staff bread and other essential fresh food.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1R7SH0ITDN7JN3S0QH25E4PN5
    Media URN:
    VLVA1R7SH0ITDN7JN3S0QH25E4PN5
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/04/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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