• Short Summary

    IT WAS ONLY A FEW HOURS AFTER BELGIAN PARATROOPS HAD DROPPED INTO STANLEYVILLE THAT THE CONGOLESE ARMY ENTERED THE CITY.

  • Description

    IT WAS ONLY A FEW HOURS AFTER BELGIAN PARATROOPS HAD DROPPED INTO STANLEYVILLE THAT THE CONGOLESE ARMY ENTERED THE CITY. FOR THEM, IT WAS END OF A LONG AND BLOODY JOURNEY NORTH FROM KINDU. FILM TRACES THEIR ADVANCE AND RECAPTURES SCENES OF WHAT THEY FOUND THERE.

    UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF WHITE MERCENARIES, UNITS OF THE CONGOLESE NATIONAL ARMY -- WITH AERIAL BACKING -- HAD SPENT THE PAST SIX WEEKS DRIVING NORTH TOWARDS THE INSURGENTS' STRONGHOLD. THEY ENCOUNTERED BITTER RESISTANCE, BUT THEIR STRONGER AND MORE MODERN EQUIPMENT WAS THE TELLING FACTOR.

    NEAR STANLEYVILLE, BULLETS FLEW AS SKIRMISHES BROKE OUT WITH INSURGENTS WHO HAD BEEN DRIVEN OUT OF THE CITY BY THE BELGIAN PARATROOPS. THEN INTO THE CITY ITSELF, WHERE THE BELGIANS GUARDED KEY POINTS AS REFUGEES, INCLUDING NUNS AND MISSIONARIES, WAITED TO BE FLOWN OUT TO LEOPOLDVILLE. FOR THEM, THE THREE MONTHS OF BEING HELD HOSTAGE WERE OVER.

    OTHER EUROPEANS -- AS WELL AS MANY INSURGENTS -- WERE NOT SO LUCKY. THEY DIED IN THE FIGHTING WHICH FOLLOWED THE BELGIAN LANDING. SEVERAL COUNTRIES BLAMED THE LANDING FOR THE ENSUING SLAUGHTER, OTHERS ACCUSED BELGIUM AND THE UNITED STATES OF "AGGRESSION AGAINST THE CONGOLESE PEOPLES", OTHERS PRAISED IT ON "HUMANITARIAN" GROUNDS.

    WITH THE ROUNDING-UP OF SIMBA (LIONS) INSURGENTS CAME STORIES OF RAPE, BEATING AND OTHER ATROCITIES AGAINST EUROPEANS. EVEN NUNS WERE NOT SPARED.

    (TONIGHT (FRIDAY), REPORTS FROM THE CONGO SAID HEAVY FIGHTING WAS STILL GOING ON AS INSURGENTS ATTEMPTED TO REGAIN CONTROL OF THE CITY).

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7XGAQD9Z4RRFC59IE05PMK0I4
    Media URN:
    VLVA7XGAQD9Z4RRFC59IE05PMK0I4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/11/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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