Opponents of Congo Premier Lumumba's central government demonstrated Aug 25 when the Pan African Conference was held in Leopoldville.
flags, crowd, soldiers, Ghana delegates
Cameroon delegate arrives
Liberian delegate arrives
anti Lumumba placard
pro Lumumba placards
placard holders shouting at each other
soldier at the ready in foreground
soldiers move in against demonstrators
soldier loading rifle
demonstrators run, soldiers pursue
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Background: Opponents of Congo Premier Lumumba's central government demonstrated Aug 25 when the Pan African Conference was held in Leopoldville.
Several thousand Africans watched the delegates arrive at the Palace of Culture. Ghana and twelve other independent African states were represented.
Lumumba's arrival was the signal for the demonstrations to begin. Some of were against him - calling him a Fascist dictator among other things. Others were for him.
At first the two groups just exchanged slogans - but then they came to blows, and stones were thrown. Troops and police moved in, using the butts of their rifles and later firing over the heads of the crowd.
Thirty anti-Lumumba demonstrators were hit with rifle butts and kicked before being driven off in a lorry. Cameramen - ours included - had some of their film confiscated, and some of them had their cameras taken from them.