• Short Summary

    FIVE YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE WERE MARKED IN THE CONGO YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) BY A HUGE PARADE MARCHING THROUGH THE MAIN STREETS OF LEOPOLDVILLE.

  • Description

    FIVE YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE WERE MARKED IN THE CONGO YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) BY A HUGE PARADE MARCHING THROUGH THE MAIN STREETS OF LEOPOLDVILLE. WATCHING THE PARADE WERE PRESIDENT KASAVUBU AND MR. TSHOMBE, THE PRIME MINISTER.

    FOR 90 MINUTES THE PICK OF THE CONGOLESE ARMY MARCHED PAST THE REVIEWING STAND ON WHICH STOOD THE THREE MOST IMPORTANT PEOPLE OF THE DAY. PRESIDENT KASAVUBU WAS WEARING A POWDER-BLUE GENERAL'S UNIFORM WITH YELLOW STRIPES AND RED SASH WHILE AT HIS SIDE STOOD THE PRIME MINISTER AND THE ARMY COMMANDER, GENERAL MOBUTU.

    THEY WATCHED THOUSANDS OF TROOPS PASS BY ON FOOT FOLLOWED BY ALL THE EQUIPMENT OF A MODERN ARMY: TANKS, ARMOURED CARS, RADIO VEHICLES AND ANTI-AIRCRAFT GUNS. PARA-COMMANDOS CARRIED RUSSIAN AND CHINESE WEAPONS. OVERHEAD FLEW FOUR AIR FORCE PLANES PILOTED BY THE FIRST CONGOLESE AIRMEN....TRAINED BY ITALIAN OFFICERS.

    AS THE PARADE WENT BY ONE OF THE BANDS PLAYED THE "INDEPENDENCE CHA-CHA-CHA" - WRITTEN WHEN CONGO GAINED INDEPENDENCE IN 1960. STRICT SECURITY MEASURES WERE IN FORCE BUT THERE WERE NO INCIDENTS AND THE THOUSANDS WATCHING REFLECTED THE FESTIVE ATMOSPHERE THROUGHOUT LEOPOLDVILLE.

    INDEPENDENCE FOR THE CONGO 5 YEARS AGO BROUGHT CHAOS: AFTER A HASTILY GRANTED LIBERTY, THE ARMY MUTINIED AND AS A RESULT THE COUNTRY WAS PLUNGED INTO CONTINUING STRIFE. THE WELL-DRILLED SOLDIERS MARCHING YESTERDAY SHOW HOW FAR THE CONGO'S ARMY HAS MOVED SINCE 1960.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4V8FX3VFOL9RGYSN7CI0AFUQ9
    Media URN:
    VLVA4V8FX3VFOL9RGYSN7CI0AFUQ9
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/07/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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