The usually happy celebration of May Day was observed in somber fashion on Tuesday (May 1) in the People 's Republic on the Congo.
SV & CU President Ngouabi bestowing decorations (3 shots)
GV & SV Troops march past (3 shots)
GV Paratroops march past (2 shots)
GV Mne & women march past
SV Onlookers perched in palm tree
GV & SV Hospital workers march past (2 shots)
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Background: The usually happy celebration of May Day was observed in somber fashion on Tuesday (May 1) in the People 's Republic on the Congo.
Few slogans, and fewer speeches conformed with the general attitude of the government following the killing of Resistance Leader Ange Diawara on the Zaire-Congo border a week earlier.
Diawara and his deputy Ikoko Jean Baptiste, were both killed by Congolese troops who engaged a guerrilla detachment. Nino other guerrillas were killed, but no further details were revealed by official radio bulletins, although the bodies of the dead guerrillas were put on public display.
In the May Day celebrations, detachments of the armed forces, organised troops of men and women and various groups of workers, marched past the reviewing stand on the Boulevard des Armees in the Brazzaville capital. Chief of State Marien Ngouabi and members of his staff and armed forces leaders watched the parade.
Government troops had been pursuing the resistance leader, a former army lieutenant, since an abortive coup attempt against President Ngouabi last year.
SYNOPSIS: President Marien Ngouabi of the People's Republic of Congo presided on Tuesday at the annual May Day celebrations in Brazzaville.
He presented decorations to several leading citizens and members of the armed forces.
The parade for May Day was not marked by the usual happy atmosphere. The annual holiday came only a week after Congolese troops killed a leading guerrilla leader and nine followers. In the week before May Day, the bodies of Ange Diawara and those of his followers were put on public display.
As a result, the May Day celebrations were somber. Few slogans and speeches -- a feature of other years -- were in evidence.
The parade was made up of government troops and contingents of workers from various industries.