• Short Summary

    At Brazzaville, in the newly formed 'Congo Republic' an uneasy truce follows days of riots that took over 100 lives.

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    At Brazzaville, in the newly formed 'Congo Republic' an uneasy truce follows days of riots that took over 100 lives.

    French built Brazzaville became the capital when Abbe (forbidden to say mass but still wearing a soutane) Fulbert Youlou moved his government from the danger spot Pointe Noire, inhabited by the Opposition chief socialist Opengault's M'Boshi tribe.

    The foreign affairs of the county are still run by French diplomats, but Youlou is learning to cope with his own international problems.

    The Brazzaville riots started on the day by which Opengault followers had demanded election be held. Frustrated, they smashed furniture and windows in the Territorial Assembly, and the political brawl quickly developed into a tribal fight. At Poto-Poto, the Balali supporters of the Abbe, and Opengault's M'Boshi looked back to the weapon of Zulu Chaka - the deadly assegai (short spear) - and forward to the broken bottle of city slums to supplement rifles and deadly machetes. Bloodshed, pillage, firelighting rampaged. Passing whites were told to 'keep out of it'.

    It took the entire police force and the French troops to queel the fight and restore order. Precautionary measures and spot checks continue.

    Score of dead was 120 plus, injured more than 300. Among the arrested is Jacques Opengault, charged with 'Incitement to sedition, rebellion, and pillage'.

    Latest news is that elections have been promised.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1WG2OWO6JCH7TA8WWZQAH5QOP
    Media URN:
    VLVA1WG2OWO6JCH7TA8WWZQAH5QOP
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/02/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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