Renewed fighting between Baluba and Lulua tribesmen broke out Mar 27 in Luluaborg, Katanga Province of the Belgian Congo, and continued throughout the night until late Mar 28.
Renewed fighting between Baluba and Lulua tribesmen broke out Mar 27 in Luluaborg, Katanga Province of the Belgian Congo, and continued throughout the night until late Mar 28. At least twelve Africans were injured and seven houses in a Lulua village were fired. Police made sixty arrests, clamped down a curfew and re-instituted other emergency regulations.
Rioting was started by Baluba tribesmen after a Luluaborg reception for N.Kalondji - leader of the leftist Congolese National Movement - on his arrival back from the Brussels Independence talks. The M.N.C. - backed by the Balubas -- supports Patrice Lumumba and his aims for a Congo Republic with himself as President.
Opponent of the Balubakat is the Conakat Party. Comprised of strong tribal elements including the Lawless, the Conakat Party favours strong ties with Belgium after Independence - scheduled for June 30. So intense are Party loyalties that the smallest incident can spark off fierce clashes between the two rival political factions.
Fifteen Africans were killed, more than one hundred wounded and six hundred arrested during Mar 12-13 clashes in Elizabethville, capital city of the Province. Patrice Lumumba then unexpectedly held a political rally attended by thousands of M.N.C. supporters. Feelings ran high and clashes broke out all over the city. Bitter fighting with knife and spear quickly spread to the suburbs. Scores the houses and huts were burned to the ground.
Large scale patrolling by armed security forces eventually enforced a tense peace. A state of near "military occupation" was imposed on many townships.
Later in the week - despite sporadic outbreaks of violence - it was announced that the situations was quiet, and the curfew and other emergency regulations were lifted.