• Short Summary

    Three adults and five children, families of a Belgian doctor and a mining engineer, arrived in Leopoldville, Congo Republic, July 7, aboard a specially chartered 'Rapide' aircraft after a dramatic rescue from Thysville and the mutiny there in the Force Publique.

  • Description

    Three adults and five children, families of a Belgian doctor and a mining engineer, arrived in Leopoldville, Congo Republic, July 7, aboard a specially chartered 'Rapide' aircraft after a dramatic rescue from Thysville and the mutiny there in the Force Publique.

    The first white Belgians to get out of Thysville, they were hidden in bushes near the edge of the town's small airfield. Part of a pre-arranged plot, a small Piper 'Cub' aircraft flew low over the trees and was fired on by mutinous troops. Taking advantage of this diversion, the 'Rapide' made a silent landing in a clearing and hastily gathered the refugees aboard. Chased by African soldiers firing on the run, the 'Rapide' made an emergency take-off downwind.

    The day following the troops' mutiny, their commander resigned (July 7). He is General Emile Janssens, 58, last of the Belgian commanders in nearly 80 years of Belgian rule. General Janssens was wearing civilian clothes shortly after leaving his post.

    The same day African municipal transport workers and dockers at Leopoldville staged a lightning strike over pay discontent. The strikers besieged Transport House in a capital already tense and shocked over the Force Publique mutiny against its Belgian officers.

    According to reports some mutineers raped white women. Later officially-inspired reports told of a return to order after Prime Minister Lumumba assured July 8 the Force Publique's officers of the future would be Africans with some Belgian officers remaining in an advisory capacity only. Despite the assurance of order in the new Republic, the white refugee exodus continued to Brazzaville and Portuguese Angola.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA61HML1OT5641HOS19QR7IJTL
    Media URN:
    VLVA61HML1OT5641HOS19QR7IJTL
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/07/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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