• Short Summary

    THE CONGO REPUBLIC CELEBRATED ITS THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE YESTERDAY. ALTHOUGH IT HAS BEEN THREE?

  • Description

    THE CONGO REPUBLIC CELEBRATED ITS THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE YESTERDAY. ALTHOUGH IT HAS BEEN THREE YEARS SINCE BELGIUM GRANTED HER FORMER AFRICAN TERRITORY INDEPENDENCE. YESTERDAY'S CELEBRATIONS WERE THE FIRST AS A RE-UNITED COUNTRY, AND THE THEME OF THE CELEBRATIONS WAS ONE OF "RECONCILIATION AND UNITY"."
    DURING THE DAY-LONG CELEBRATIONS, PRESIDENT JOSEPH KASAVUBU INAUGURATED THE NEW CONGOLESE FLAG WITH RED ADDED TO THE BLUE AND YELLOW COLOURS OF THE OLD, TO SIGNIFY THE BLOOD OF THOSE WHO DIED FOR INDEPENDENCE.

    THOUSANDS CROWDED INTO THE HEART OF GAILY-DECORATED LEOPOLDVILLE TO WATCH A 90-MINUTE PARADE IN WHICH SOLDIERS OF THE "ANGOLAN NATIONAL LIBERATION FRONT" MARCHED FOR THE FIRST TIME. PRESIDENT KASAVUBU AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF JOSEPH MOBUTO TOOK THE SALUTE. A FLYPAST AND ARMOURED CARS SHOWED SOME OF THE CONGOLESE ARMY'S STRENGTH.

    YESTERDAY'S CELEBRATION, FOLLOWING THE END OF KATANGA'S SECESSION IN JANUARY, WERE THE FIRST SINCE 1960 WITH THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT'S AUTHORITY FELT THROUGHOUT THE 900,000 SQUARE MILE COUNTRY.

    AS PART OF THE INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS SEVERAL LEOPOLDVILLE STREETS WERE RENAMED. ONE IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF PATRICE LUMUMBA, THE CONGO'S FIRST PRIME MINISTER, MURDERED DURING THE POST-INDEPENDENCE CHAOS. ANOTHER IS NAMED AFTER JOSEPH KASAVUBU AND THE CITY'S MAIN STREET WILL BECOME "JUNE 30 BOULEVARD."

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAADX4OT3M239PS8CN910QT2L8
    Media URN:
    VLVAAADX4OT3M239PS8CN910QT2L8
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/07/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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