• Short Summary

    Before two days had passed after the Belgian Congo became the independent Congo Republic, a "rash" of rioting broke out in towns throughout the country.

  • Description

    Before two days had passed after the Belgian Congo became the independent Congo Republic, a "rash" of rioting broke out in towns throughout the country.

    In Leopoldville, July 2, there was a clash between members of the Bayaka and Bakongo tribes shortly before President Kasavubu made an independence "victory" tour through the city.

    As tribesmen fought each other with clubs, spears and poisoned arrows, Congolese soldiers used their rifle butts and boots to break up the fight, taking many of the combatants into custody.

    There were more incidents next day. The list of injured and arrested grew. And the capital was put under strict curfew.

    Tribal rivalries, power-hungry native political leaders, a strong military force policing the excitable African crowds and already used in action against them -the outlook for the Congo is not a settled one.

    Since "Freedom Day", 230 troublesome tribesmen were in goal.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADB6RYI993JRIRXOP2Z5AN968E
    Media URN:
    VLVADB6RYI993JRIRXOP2Z5AN968E
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/07/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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