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    Renewed but isolated street fighting in Leopoldville between feuding Africans of the Bangoko and Bayaka tribes July 2 met brutal repression by African security troops of the Force Publique.

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    Renewed but isolated street fighting in Leopoldville between feuding Africans of the Bangoko and Bayaka tribes July 2 met brutal repression by African security troops of the Force Publique.

    Fighting came shortly before a visit to the native quarters of Leopoldville of first President of the Congo Republic, Joseph Kasavubu, some of whose opponents in the Bayaka group support Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba.

    Fearing the possibility of an assassination attempt the Force Publique were out in strength, clubbed the feuding Africans with rifle butts, menaced them with fixed bayonets, kicked out with flaying boots and hurled the brawlers into waiting jeeps and trucks.

    In the fighting between the two tribal groups, children struck children, adults warred with flying stones and arrows. pro-Kasavubu supporter or a pro-Lumumba supporter if seized not a rough first beating.

    The aggressors seized anyone attempting to flee on a bicycle, hauled it from him, smashed the bicycle in the roadway. An arrow fierced a Visnews cameraman's car. In the confusion of fast-moving aggression, an African trooper of the Force Publique swung his rifle at the cameraman's driver. In the same street, another trooper assailed a car-load of Belgian and French newsmen by lunging his bayonet at them. The newsmen beat a hasty retreat.

    Africans of the two groups writhed in the street bruised and blooded, clothes torn, after fighting one another. The Force Publique rounding up assailants broke into barricaded native homes to extract defenders for interrogation. Authorities imposed an effective curfew at night, but by next day further street fighting put 34 African casualties in hospital. Some 230 others were in goal.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACOR8LHGZQAZA6WT50MP27Z3GT
    Media URN:
    VLVACOR8LHGZQAZA6WT50MP27Z3GT
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/07/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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