• Short Summary

    TENS OF THOUSANDS OF CONGOLESE MARCHED THROUGH KINSHASHA (FORMERLY LEOPOLDVILLE) ON THURSDAY IN THE CONGO'S LARGEST INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION.

  • Description

    TENS OF THOUSANDS OF CONGOLESE MARCHED THROUGH KINSHASHA (FORMERLY LEOPOLDVILLE) ON THURSDAY IN THE CONGO'S LARGEST INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION.

    THE CONGO GAINED ITS INDEPENDENCE FROM BELGIUM IN 1960.

    THE MASSIVE PARADE WAS REVIEWED BY PRESIDENT MOBUTU. VISITING DIGNITARIES INCLUDED PRESIDENT KAUNDA OF ZAMBIA, AND PRESIDENT NYERERE OF TANZANIA.

    SO LARGE WAS THE OFFICIAL PARADE THAT SOME MARCHERS WERE STILL ASSEMBLING AT THE STARTING POINT FOUR HOURS AFTER THE MARCH STARTED.

    THE PARADE FEATURED BRANCHES OF THE CONGOLESE ARMED FORCES; YOUTH AND CULTURAL ORGANISATIONS; AND 20-THOUSAND SCHOOL CHILDREN.

    AT NOON THE PARADE CAME TO A STANDSTILL WHILE THE WHOLE NATIONS OBSERVED FIVE MINUTES SILENCE IN HONOUR OF INDEPENDENCE DAY.

    DURING THE CELEBRATIONS PRESIDENT MOBUTU ANNOUNCED THAT THE CONGO'S FIRST PRIME MINISTER, THE LATE PATRICE LUMUMBA, WAS TO BE RECOGNISED AS A NATIONAL HERO OF THE CONGO. MR. LUMUMBA DIED IN KATANGA IN 1961 WHILE A PRISONER OF THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6ERCKWE31C799VZHPEZDPXO48
    Media URN:
    VLVA6ERCKWE31C799VZHPEZDPXO48
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/07/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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