September 6, the day after Congolese President Kasavubu and Premier Lumumba and declared each other deposed, Leopoldville was held in an uneasy calm.
GV Troops arrive
SV Troops arrive
SV Troops form up
GV Two soldiers guard Parliament building
LV & SV Troops guard entrance
SV Group of Africans
LV Group of Africans
GV Troops change guard at Lumumba residence
SV Troops change guard at Lumumba residence
GV Reinforcements at neutral zone
GV Pan troops along road
LV Guard outside Lumumba residence
LV Troops stop car
SV Man from car
SV Troops check man's papers
CV Another car stopped
CU Papers checked
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Background: September 6, the day after Congolese President Kasavubu and Premier Lumumba and declared each other deposed, Leopoldville was held in an uneasy calm.
A neutral zone was established around the Parliament Building - and Mr. Lumumba's residence - and demonstrations were forbidden within its perimeter. Congolese Military Police were on guard before Parliament, and two soldiers - a Congolese and a United Nations Ghanaian - stood sentinel before the Lumumba residence. More soldiers were concealed nearby. Later in the day, Congolese police began checking passing cars.
With each successive Congo event seeming to complicate the tangled web still further and the Lumumba - Kasavubu feud bringing the Congo close to civil war, United Nations policy was to slow - if possible - the hectic pace of developments. Leopoldville radio was closed down, and airports take over, to prevent further troop movement.