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    VISNEWS toured Leopoldville Feb 1 and 2, jungle city of the Belgian Congo where Africans and police last month were in bloody clash.

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    VISNEWS toured Leopoldville Feb 1 and 2, jungle city of the Belgian Congo where Africans and police last month were in bloody clash. After the 34 death and the scores of
    injured and King Baudoiuin's freedom pledge, calm returned. It was a calm
    supported by tense patrolling.

    SYNOPSIS: Overtowering the city is the monument to Stanley-the first man to
    really explore the Congo area...

    ... a man who was friend of white and black.

    Trade along the mighty River Congo flourishes as far as the rapids below the
    city - it is the main path of commerce.

    The worst affected area in the rioting was at the edge of the European section
    with its Government offices and commercial buildings.

    This has been a particularly troublesome zone bordering on the African quarter
    of Dendale.

    Gradually the strict emergency regulations are being relaxed but there's an
    uneasy peace ...

    ... and the police stage shows of strength, with bands and marching columns.

    Soon there will be more political freedom for the Africans. Local elections,
    King Baudouin said in his pledge after the riots, will be held for African
    councillors in towns and most rural areas by the end of 1959 and they will elect
    in 1960 provincial councils to form the framework of a chamber of

    African soldiers constantly patrol on foot and in jeeps in this area where many
    thousands of workless Africans flock from other parts of recession-hit Congo.

    Tension in this and other African quarters of the city is still great.

    Much had been accomplished quietly before the social unrest erupted into

    The new houses for Africans are small compared with the palatial European homes
    - high wide and handsome apartment blocks and residences - and thought thousands
    of them have been built they have not mitigated the Africans' political
    hostility towards Belgium.

    A curfew is imposed on Africans visiting this area - from 11pm to 6.30 am.

    Leopoldville has no colour bar; though the Africans live in their own districts
    they eat, shop and travel where they wish.

    One day there will be no curfews ...

    ... the King's speech has been widely applauded as a means of easing a long-born
    racial tension. He said peace, prosperity and independence will come without
    damaging delays - but also without undue haste.

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