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.
GV Natives assembled near village
GV Natives skirmish in roadway
LV Native crush bicycle on road
LV Group of troops proceed along road
GV Troops close in on rioters
LV Group of natives fight
SV Soldier arrests native
CU Soldier butts native with rifle, in jeep
SV Two soldiers fight and kick native on ground
LV Native taken to lorry, troops fight, kick native at side of lorry
SV PAN..lorry leaves
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Background: 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.