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.
LV INT..Group around rockets on floor.
CU PAN.. of rocket.
SCU Of radio.
LV Refugees luggage being piled on quayside at Leopoldville.
LV Refugees with luggage waiting at ferry entrance.
GV Cars through street towards ferry.
SBV Refugees entering ferry stage.
LBV Ditto walking towards ship.
SV Cars down gangway onto ferry.
SV More cars waiting to board ferry.
SHOT FROM FERRY BOAT.. as it leaves Leopoldville.
SHOT ON FERRY BOAT.. en route to Brazzaville.
SHOT FROM FERRY BOAT.. arriving at Brazzaville.
Initials BA/S/PB AHS/PB
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Background: 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.