• Short Summary

    ABBE FULBERT YOULOU, THE FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE CONGO (BRAZZAVILLE) HAD BEEN GRANTED POLITICAL ASYLUM IN THE CONGO (LEOPOLOVILLE).

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    ABBE FULBERT YOULOU, THE FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE CONGO (BRAZZAVILLE) HAD BEEN GRANTED POLITICAL ASYLUM IN THE CONGO (LEOPOLOVILLE). IN LEOPOLDVILLE YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) THE ABBE MET NEWSMEN AND TOLD THEM THEY HAD BEEN INVITED TO THE CONFERENCE TO CONFIRM HE WAS FIT AND WELL.

    HE ESCAPED FROM HOUSE ARREST IN BRAZZAVILLE LAST WEEK OUT REFUSED TO GIVE DETAILS TO THE NEWSMEN: "THERE ARE MANY MYSTERIES IN AFRICA AND HOW I ESCAPED FROM HOUSE ARREST WHILE GUARDED BY 14 MEN IS ONE OF THEM", HE SAID. ABBE YOULOU APPEARED WELL, THOUGH FORMER ACQUAINTANCES SAID HE HAD CLEARLY LOST WEIGHT.

    PROMISING TO HOLD A FULL NEWS CONFERENCE SHORTLY, THE ABBE REFUSED TO SAY WHETHER HE HAD BEEN MALTREATED OR NOT. HE DID SAY, HOWEVER, THAT FROM THE TIME OF HIS ESCAPE UNTIL HE CROSSED THE RIVER CONGO HE HAD SLEPT BY DAY AND TRAVELLED THROUGH THE FOREST AT NIGHT. PRIME MINISTER MOISE TSHOMBE HAD GREETED HIM LIKE A LONG-LOST BROTHER, SAID THE ABBE. LITTLE LIGHT WAS SHED ON HIS 19 MONTHS UNDER ARREST.

    THE DIMINUTIVE ABBE ROSE RAPIDLY FROM PARISH PRIEST TO THE HEAD OF HIS COUNTRY'S 800,000 INHABITANTS. AS A POLITICIAN CARRYING OUT THE FUNCTIONS OF PRIME MINISTER AND PRESIDENT HE WAS EXTREMELY POPULAR BUT HIS PLANS TO PROCLAIM A ONE PARTY STATE BROUGHT CONFLICT FROM THE TRADE UNIONS AND RESULTED IN HIS DOWNFALL.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC5P4W8TGAGBTZ89MVKU2SC4E
    Media URN:
    VLVAC5P4W8TGAGBTZ89MVKU2SC4E
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/04/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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