Leopoldville supporters of Patrice Lumumba reacted to his death without violence in a parade of mourning through the streets to the U.
Leopoldville supporters of Patrice Lumumba reacted to his death without violence in a parade of mourning through the streets to the U.N. Headquarters, Feb 14.
Some of his tribesmen and political allies marched behind a white flag - symbol of mourning. At the U.N. building, they were joined by Lumumba's widow, bare to the waist, according to Congolese custom. She took one of her children with her to the U.N. offices. The other two are in Cairo.
While U.N. troops watched, the mourners waited outside as Madame Lumumba spent more than an hour begging U.N. officials to secure the return of her husband's body for proper burial.
Then came the only violence of the day in the uneasy calm of Leopoldville - the dead leader's friends attacked an African newspaperman who had written anti-Lumumba dispatches. He was rescued by the U.N. guards and one of his assailants was dragged away. With this exception it was Leopoldville's calmest day this year.