Thousands of Belgians have left the Congo recently to return to their home country and our cameraman was t Brussels Airport, June 11, as many of them flew in from Elizabethville and Leopoldville.
Thousands of Belgians have left the Congo recently to return to their home country and our cameraman was t Brussels Airport, June 11, as many of them flew in from Elizabethville and Leopoldville. Independence is to be granted to the Belgian Congo, June 30.
First Prime Minister of an independent Congo was expected to be Patrice Lumumba, 24-year-old leader of the National Congress Party, but observers report that a big coalition of other parties has been built up against him. If the present coalition survives, 45-year-old Albert Delvaux, secretary-general of the P.N.P., will be a serious rival of Lumumba. A Congolese minority group, the Abako Party - led by Joseph Kasavubu - have announced the formation of an independent government in the Leopoldville area. It is reported that their action threatened to plunge the country into political anarchy on the eve of independence. Political clashes have been widespread.
Belgian troop reinforcements have recently been flown to the Congo to guard against renewal of inter-tribal violence. Portuguese troops, some of them brought by sea and air from Portugal, continue to move up to the Angola frontier to guard against trouble on Independence Day or before.
M. Ganshof van der Meersch, the Belgian Minister specially entrusted with Congolese Affairs, flew to Brussels June 8 to give a first-hand report on the Congo situation to the Belgian Cabinet. He will return to Leopoldville later.