President Tshombe continued his tour of Katanga province in the Congo Republic, Mar 50, with visits to town and villages near the border with Portuguese Angola.
LV Crowd waving alongside train.
CU Tahombe speaks from train window.
STV. Crowd alongside train.
SV Train leaves.
SHOT FROM TRAIN. African children running.
CU Women applaud at Mutshatsha.
SV Tshombe at Mutshatsha acknowledges cheers.
CU African women clapping and cheering.
PAN From guard of honour to Tshombe and others walking past at Kolwezi.
CU District commissioner makes address of welcome.
SV Ditto, Tshombe listening.
PAN Tshombe car arriving through crowded street.
SV European women applauding.
SV Tshombe cut of car at "Boulevard President Tshombe".
CU Sign "President Tshombe".
SV Tshombe shaking hands with European children.
SV Africans and Europeans applauding.
CU Tshombe shaking hands with Europeans.
SV PAN..Tshombe arrives at Dilolo.
STV Crowd and band playing.
STV Motor cycle escorts and Tshombe driving through crowded street.
BV Ditto, PAN up to Kaanga banner.
TRAVEL SHOT. Driving through crowded street.
TRAVEL SHOT.Past dancing Africans.
GV Driving through street.
SV Tshombe leaves car.
CU Tshombe at microphone.
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Background: President Tshombe continued his tour of Katanga province in the Congo Republic, Mar 50, with visits to town and villages near the border with Portuguese Angola. He was given enthusiastic welcomes by Africans and Europeans wherever he went.
As he travelled towards Dilolo, he made a number of tops. He addressed crows from the window of his train - and on more than one occasion African children ran after the train when he was departing. Typical of the big welcomes he received was at Nutshatsha, where despite driving rain, large crowds had assembled. He visited a public dispensary, and at Kolwezi drove into the "Boulevard President Tshombe".
But Katanga was soon to become a new focal point in the Congo crisis. On Apl 2, he ordered obstacles to be set up on the airfield at Elisabethville should Indian troops of the United Nations try to arrive there. Their arrival. President Tshombe said, could mean a "declaration of war". Some troops had arrived the previous day at Kamina in a bid to prevent fighting between rival Congolese. On Apl 4, however, Swedish troops of the UN force arrested a platoon of Belgian-led Katanga soldiers trying to take control of Elisabethville airport under cover of darkness.