• Short Summary

    PRESIDENT ALPHONSE MASSAMBA-DEBAT, OF CONGO-BRAZZAVILLE, WAS REPORTED TODAY (MONDAY) TO BE A PRISONER OF HIS ARMY IN THE PRESIDENTIAL PALACE, FOLLOWING A WEEKEND OF FIGHTING BETWEEN TROOP OF YOUTHS.

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    PRESIDENT ALPHONSE MASSAMBA-DEBAT, OF CONGO-BRAZZAVILLE, WAS REPORTED TODAY (MONDAY) TO BE A PRISONER OF HIS ARMY IN THE PRESIDENTIAL PALACE, FOLLOWING A WEEKEND OF FIGHTING BETWEEN TROOP OF YOUTHS. THE PRESIDENT WAS SAID TO HAVE BEEN TAKEN TO ARMY HEADQUARTERS ON SATURDAY, (31 AUG) DURING A HEAVY CLASH WITH THE GROUP OF YOUTHS. MILITARY LEADERS ARE REPORTED TO BE GRAPPLING WITH A CRISIS RESULTING FROM THE WEEKEND OF FIGHTING.

    HEAVY MACHINEGUN FIRE WHICH BROKE OUT ON SATURDAY IN THE CAPITAL OF BRAZZAVILLE SIGNALLED THE START OF THE FIERCE FIGHTING. IN TWO DAYS OF FIGHTING, ABOUT 300 PEOPLE ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN KILLED.

    THE BATTLE RAGED BETWEEN ELEMENTS OF THE CUBAN-TRAINED YOUTH LEAGUE OF PRESIDENT MASSAMBA-DEBAT'S MOVEMENT NATIONALE REVOLUTION (M.N.R.) PARTY, AND THE CONGOLESE NATIONAL ARMY.

    THE WHEREABOUTS OF THE PRESIDENT HAD BEEN IN DOUBT UNTIL TODAY'S REPORT.

    RADIO BRAZZAVILLE EARLIER TODAY SAID LIFE HAD RETURNED TO NORMAL IN THE CONGOLESE CAPITAL AFTER AN APPEAL BY THE ARMY'S COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, CAPTAIN MARIEN NGOUABI.

    THE ARMY HAD ANNOUNCED THAT IS HAD CAPTURED THE AREA KNOWN AS THE "METEOROLOGICAL CAMP", WHERE THE YOUTH FORCES WERE ENCAMPED. THIS FILM SHOWS CLEANING UP OPERATIONS AFTER THE TAKEOVER.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA42ZFA2VD8FWZHYUD1XSW3PPWB
    Media URN:
    VLVA42ZFA2VD8FWZHYUD1XSW3PPWB
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/09/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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