The Congo's ruling Military Committee foiled an attempted coup d'etat on the eve of the country's independence day celebrations, on Tuesday (15 August).
GV & CU Secretary General of Congolese Security Committee (CSC) leading mass crowd in chanting slogans. (2 SHOTS)
GV & CU Secretary General of CSC addresses crowd (in French). (2 SHOTS)
CU President Joachim Yhombi-Opango listening.
CU Members of Military Committee - Major Pascer Bima, Major Marcel Mbia, Lt. Pierre Anga, and Major Xavier Katali listening. (2 SHOTS)
GV Crowd listen and applaud.
SV Members of Military Committee leaving followed by crowd. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: The Congo's ruling Military Committee foiled an attempted coup d'etat on the eve of the country's independence day celebrations, on Tuesday (15 August). the announcement was made in a broadcast by President Joachim Yhombi-Opango. He said that mercenaries backed by "western and African countries" had planned to invade Congo and assassinate the military leadership. Because of the crisis, the country's independence day celebrations were postponed and army and security forces were confined to barracks.
SYNOPSIS: It wasn't until Thursday (17 August) that the tension eased and the workers were able to begin their celebrations. This year, the anniversary took the form of a show of solidarity and support for the Military Committee. A rally in Brazzaville was addressed by the Secretary-General of the Congolese Security Committee.
President Yhombi-Opango attended the rally with other members of the military council. The President has said that the plot had been aimed at assassinating not only himself, but also all the leaders of the Committee. He said the conspirators -- all former public figures in the Congo -- had been arrested. There was, he said, no chance of mercy for them.