• Short Summary

    Background incidents in Leopoldville; a Force Publique lorry arrives with rockets from a shot down Belgian Air Force plane, for putting on exhibition in the Palais de la Nation (the Congo's Parliament); and the continuing exodus of Belgians and other Europeans by ferry across the Congo River from Leopoldville to Brazzaville.

  • Description

    Background incidents in Leopoldville; a Force Publique lorry arrives with rockets from a shot down Belgian Air Force plane, for putting on exhibition in the Palais de la Nation (the Congo's Parliament); and the continuing exodus of Belgians and other Europeans by ferry across the Congo River from Leopoldville to Brazzaville.

    Two rockets and a radio set from the wreckage of the Belgian Air Force plane shot down by the Force Publique were taken at July 19 to the Palais de Nation in Leopoldville and displayed in the big, circular central hall. The idea - according to the cameraman - is to show Congolese Deputies examples of the weapons with which the Belgian Army had planned to carry out attacks against Congolese soldiers.

    After filming the rockets, our cameraman was chases away by an angry crowd of Congolese officials, threatening to strike him. He reports that the Deputies and Senators were very agitated, and spoke of exterminating every belgian - men, women and children.

    They also said, he reports, that stories of Congolese atrocities were fabricated, and were aimed at discrediting the Congolese in world opinion, and that the Belgian Army was only waiting for the order and it would have launched a full-scale attack on Congolese troops.

    On the Leopoldville side of the river, cases and trunks are piled up on the embarkation quay as the exodus of refugees into Brazzaville continues. There is also a seemingly endless queue of refugees' cars, waiting to be loaded on to the ferry. Finally, one ferry load of refugees and their goods departs for safety.

    Behind, the refugees leave a city full of rumours of continued atrocities. They are also leaving behind - many of them - nearly all their possessions and all that whey have been able to earn during years of unremitting work.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAB6Z491WD4LFCMP1LFVAR3KGPJ
    Media URN:
    VLVAB6Z491WD4LFCMP1LFVAR3KGPJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/07/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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