Leopoldville, a city of riots and plunder in the past weeks is now undergoing a police sweep as Africans who have come to Leopoldville from outlying areas in the Belgian Congo are checked by police and army troops for work and travel cards.
GV Showing troops lined up in roadway.
Ditto. Lorries in background.
CU White Officer giving instructions on phone.
LV. Troops lined up prior to search.
LV Police and troops searching natives belongings outside dwelling.
SV. Soldier walking past woman with baby.
LV. Native caught with stolen goods.
SCU PAN up sorting out stolen goods.
SV Native being questioned by white officer.
CU Ditto. PAN to soldier.
3 LV. Stolen property being carried to jeep.
SV Native climbs into police jeep.
SV Other natives look on.
SV. PAN to back view police jeep drives away.
4 SV. Officer checking passes.
CU. Native woman PAN down to passes being checked.
CU. Officer checking.
LV. Natives outside dwellings, having passes and belongings searched.
SCU. Woman with baby on back sorting out and revealing contents of attache case.
LV. Native loading belongings on to lorry.
SV Soldier on guard in centre of road.
SV Native climbs into lorry and joins others.
SV Group of police and other suspects moves forward past group.
SV Suspect climbing into police lorry.
GV Showing lorries moving away from village.
GV Thieves and suspects etc. rounded up at police station.
SV PAN Ditto.
Initials AW/AHS/CW AS/PL
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Background: Leopoldville, a city of riots and plunder in the past weeks is now undergoing a police sweep as Africans who have come to Leopoldville from outlying areas in the Belgian Congo are checked by police and army troops for work and travel cards. Without them, the natives are illegal entrants to the city.
The combined forces of police and army conduct their operations at night, sweeping on the native quarters and moving in by to examine question the Africans. When the troops have moved in the area is sealed off and nearby dwelling houses are searched for stolen goods.
A large number of African youths have come to Leopoldville illegally -- most of them to try and find work. One man was found in possession of four pairs of new shoes.
Natives without proper papers or found with stolen goods were taken away by truck to the district from where they came. Natives who for the past year were jobless were also sent back home.
350 officers and 200 policemen checked passes and examined and question natives. More than 200 were taken during eight hours in one are of Dendale.
It is in this place the that Mayor, Mr. Kasavubu, has been imprisoned pending charges in connection with the January riots.
Leopoldville, is now more or less, a city of peace. But only last month Africans and police met in bloody clash. After 34 deaths and scores of injured, calm returned to Leopoldville -- a calm supported by tensed patrolling. Today the police are weeding out the drifters from the criminals -- separating looters who plundered and robbed during riots from the young men urged by their tribes to go to Leopoldville to try and get work. They are not criminals in any sense of the word - they just don't have the right permit.