• Short Summary

    CONGOLESE TROOPS AND POLICE HAVE TAKEN STERN MEASURES TO COMBAT WIDESPREAD ATTACKS BY GUERILLAS IN THE WESTERN PROVINCE OF KWILU.

  • Description

    CONGOLESE TROOPS AND POLICE HAVE TAKEN STERN MEASURES TO COMBAT WIDESPREAD ATTACKS BY GUERILLAS IN THE WESTERN PROVINCE OF KWILU. THE FORCES OF THE LEOPOLDVILLE GOVERNMENT HAVE BEEN COMBING THE JUNGLE AND VILLAGES, TO TRY AND FIND MEMBERS OF THE "JEUNESSE" (YOUTH BANDS), WHO HAVE ATTACKED TOWNS AND VILLAGES BURNING DOWN MISSIONS, SCHOOLS AND GOVERNMENT BUILDING, AND MURDERING AFRICANS AND EUROPEANS.

    THE BANDS, MOSTLY ARMED WITH SPEARS, BOWS AND ARROWS, ARE SAID TO BE LED BY PIERRE MULELE, WHO WAS ONCE EDUCATION MINISTER IN THE CABINET OF PATRICE LUMUMBA. HE HAS RECENTLY SPENT SEVERAL MONTHS IN MOSCOW AND PEKING.

    A CAMERA TEAM OF RADIO TELEVISION FRANCAISE RECENTLY VISITED A VILLAGE IN KWILU PROVINCE, WHILE A DETACHMENT OF PARA-COMMANDOS AND POLICE WERE SEARCHING FOR MEMBERS OF THE JEUNESSE. WHILE THEY WERE FILMING, THE SOLDIERS AND POLICE ROUNDED UP THE INHABITANTS OF THE VILLAGE, INTERROGATED THEM AND BEAT SEVERAL OF THEM AS THEY FORCED THE VILLAGERS TO CHANT SONGS.

    IN AN INTERVIEW, A POLICE OFFICER EXPLAINED THAT THEY WERE LOOKING FOR YOUTHS SUSPECTED OF BELONGING TO BANDS LED BY MULELE. HE SAID ALL THE VILLAGERS HAD BEEN ARRESTED AND WOULD "BE MADE TO SUFFER" UNTIL THEY GAVE THE INFORMATION SOUGHT BY THE POLICE.

    AS ONE MAN WAS TIED UP AND BEATEN ON THE GROUND, THE OFFICER EXPLAINED THAT A COMMUNIST PARTY CARD HAD BEEN FOUND IN HIS POSSESSION, AND THAT HE HAD REFUSED TO GIVE HIS NAME. THE OFFICER SAID THAT THIS TREATMENT WOULD GO ON UNTIL HE HAD GIVEN HIS NAME, THEN HE WOULD BE LEFT ALONE.

    BEFORE THE CAMERA TEAM LEFT THE VILLAGE, THE VIOLENCE INCREASED, AND SOME OF THE VILLAGERS WERE FORCED TO ATTACK AND BEAT OTHERS AMONG THEIR NUMBER.

    THE MEMBERS OF THE CAMERA TEAM WERE LATER PUT UNDER ARREST THEMSELVES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6BNEDGK9LNQMF74SWNE42FJ20
    Media URN:
    VLVA6BNEDGK9LNQMF74SWNE42FJ20
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/02/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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