• Short Summary

    President Kasavubu of the neighbouring Congo Republic travelled by launch across the 3-mile wide River Congo Aug 15 to attend independence celebrations in Brazzaville, capital of the new Republic of the Congo - formerly part of French Equatorial Africa -which became independent at midnight the same day.

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    President Kasavubu of the neighbouring Congo Republic travelled by launch across the 3-mile wide River Congo Aug 15 to attend independence celebrations in Brazzaville, capital of the new Republic of the Congo - formerly part of French Equatorial Africa -which became independent at midnight the same day.

    On the eve of independence, Abbe Fulbert Youlou, President of the new Republic, and French Cultural Minister Andre Malraux stood on a decorated dais and took the salute from a parade of troops, tanks and citizens in festive mood. Contrasting sharply with the situation in the Congo Republic, the flag of the newly independent republic flew alongside the French tricolour.

    Making his first Presidential speech, Abbe Youlou spoke of the "gratitude and friendship" which his people felt towards France, and described the two-day independence celebrations as a "family party". He said France had ensured that the Republic of the Congo was adequately equipped to govern themselves after independence.

    As a sign of his country's unity. Abbe Youlou has appointed the leader of Socialist Opposition, M. Opangault, as a Minister of State in his Government. M. Opangault was imprisoned by President Youlou for three months last year for his part in tribal rioting 18 months ago in Brazzaville.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA91P70UN6KE1TBCYMM1VDWP6GP
    Media URN:
    VLVA91P70UN6KE1TBCYMM1VDWP6GP
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/08/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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