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    Congolese trade unionists demonstrated their support for President Ngouabi and his government at a mass meeting in Brazzaville on Saturday (26 Feb).

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    Congolese trade unionists demonstrated their support for President Ngouabi and his government at a mass meeting in Brazzaville on Saturday (26 Feb).

    The meeting followed a wave of arrests in the wake of an abortive coup attempt led by a former Congolese minister, Lieutenant Ange Diawara.

    President Ngouabi himself spoke to the trade unionists and promised that those who took part in the coup attempt would be asked to explain their acts in public.

    The speakers demanded that the Central Committee of the Party be called into session and following this a congress of the Party, to solve the problems created by the foiled coup d'etat. Exemplary punishment wad demanded for the conspirators.

    A Memento with these points was presented to President Ngouabi.

    President Ngouabi, in his answer, declared that a congress of the Party would be convoked. In answer to some calls of 'To the gallows', he answered that, not excluding capital punishment, the perpetrators of the foiled coup would have to explain in public their acts.

    SYNOPSIS: A mess meeting of Congolese trade unionists in Brazzaville has demonstrated support for the government of President Ngouabi. The meeting was called to demand action against those involved in an abortive coup attempt. Angry unionists demanded that all involved in the attempt be punished - and some asked that the ringleaders be put to death. The coup attempt has been followed by a wave of arrests. There's only one political party in the Congo Republic and most of those detained are members of its Central Committee.

    Details of the planned coup have been released by security police -- and some of the methods to be used have further incensed the population. Among the plans was a scheme for spreading inflammable liquid on Brazzaville from military planes. Speakers at the rally demanded that the Central Committee of the Congolese Workers Party should be called into session as soon as possible. The Secretary-General of Congolese Trade Unions, Mr. Kondo was among those who attended.

    After the rally, the trade unionists marched through the streets of Brazzaville to the residence of President Ngouabi. They took with them a note which asked for "unpitying and exemplary punishment" for those involved in the coup. Chief target of their anger appeared to be a former government minister, Lieutenant Ange Diawara - who is believed to have master-minded the abortive coup. President Ngouabi had other cabinet ministers with him as he came out to address the trade unionists.

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