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.
GV Ferry at Brazzaville, launch approaches.
SV Kasavubu with others on launch arriving.
SV Kasavubu steps off launch and its greeted.
CU Ditto walks from ferry.
GV President Youlou's residence.
SV Troops outside ditto.
SV Group leave residence, walking to cars.
SV Motorcycle escort.
SV President Youlou seated with M.Malraux
CU President in car.
CU M.Malraux in car.
SV Kasavubu in car with Ganzion.
CU Kasavubu in car.
LV Procession of cars leave President's residence
CV Cars joining up with horse escort.
TRAVEL SHOT..escort and cars along road.
TRAVEL SHOT..past crowd.
SIDE V..Malraux, President and Kasavubu during anthem.
LV Ditto and walk away.
SV Band plays.
LV President and Malraux towards to salute flags.
SIDE V..of flags.
LV Malraux and President stand in front of flags.
CU Band plays.
GV PAN..troops line street.
SV President and Malraux on to dais.
LV French officers look on.
LV M.Malraux on dais making address.
LV Crowd listen.
CU Malraux makes address.
SV Ditto, President standing behind.
CU Kasavubu listens to address.
CU Crowd listen.
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Background: 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.