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.
GV Bayaka men attacked
LV Crowds stand around
SV Bakongo man on ground after attack
CU Smashed bicycle
SV Bayaka man injured on ground
CU Crawling on ground
CU Tries to get up
SV Crawls away
LV Bakongos throw stones at house occupied by Bayakas
SV Men watch
LV Throwing stones at house
LV Bayaka man attacked by crowd of Bakongos
CU Injured man on ground
PAN....From road to injured man
SV Group of men
LV Stone being thrown at injured man
LV Soldier run
SV Man in jeep
LV Another injured an into jeep
LV Soldiers take man into jeep
LV Soldiers attack man holding onto gate
CU Prisoners put on truck
LV Soldiers attack man
LV Soldiers chase journalists back into car
LV Soldiers lead more prisoners away
LV Line of jeeps carrying soldiers leave
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Background: 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.