• Short Summary

    FORMER CONGOLESE REBELLION LEADER PIERRE MULELE, WHO RETURNED VOLUNTARILY FROM EXILE BELIEVING HE WOULD BENEFIT FROM AN AMNESTY, WAS REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN EXECUTED BY A FIRING SQUAD TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

  • Description


    DEMONSTRATORS OUTSIDE EMBASSY; PLACARDS; DEMONSTRATION SCENES.




    Initials PK/VS/MR/SIM



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    Background: FORMER CONGOLESE REBELLION LEADER PIERRE MULELE, WHO RETURNED VOLUNTARILY FROM EXILE BELIEVING HE WOULD BENEFIT FROM AN AMNESTY, WAS REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN EXECUTED BY A FIRING SQUAD TODAY (WEDNESDAY). HIS APPEAL FOR CLEMENCY WAS REJECTED BY THE CONGO-KINSHASA HEAD OF STATE, PRESIDENT JOSEPH MOBUTU. THE DEATH SENTENCE ON MULELE, IMPOSED BY A MILITARY TRIBUNAL YESTERDAY, CAST A CLOUD OVER RELATIONS BETWEEN CONGO-KINSHASA AND CONGO-BRAZZAVILLE, WITH MORE THAN 1,000 PROTESTORS DEMONSTRATING OUTSIDE THE CONGO-KINSHASA EMBASSY IN BRAZZAVILLE.

    THE DEMONSTRATORS ATTACKED THE EMBASSY AFTER CLIMBING FENCES SURROUNDING THE BUILDING. THEY BROKE DOORS AND SMASHED WINDOWS WITH STONES.

    EMBASSY STAFF AND THEIR FAMILIES WERE EVALUATED AS THE PROTESTORS WAVED PLACARDS AND SHOUTED PROTESTS.

    THE 39-YEAR-OLD PIERRE MULELE, A LEADER OF THE 1963-1964 REBELLION IN KWILY PROVINCE, WAS CLAIMED TO HAVE FORMED A COMMANDO GROUP IN CONGO-BRAZZAVILLE, WHERE HE WAS IN EXILE.

    THE CONGO-BRAZZAVILLE GOVERNMENT FORMALLY PROTESTED AGAINST MULELE'S ARREST, SAYING IT HAD RECEIVED SECURITY GUARANTEES FROM KINSHASA BEFORE ALLOWING MULELE TO CONTACT HIS EMBASSY ABOUT RETURNING.

    MR. AKAFOMO ANTOINE, CONGO-KINSHASA'S CHARGE D'AFFAIRES IN BRAZZAVILLE, AFTER BEING SUMMONED TO THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DECLINED TO MAKE ANY COMMENT ON THE EVENTS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADUHR10YFUN0SGY7XQ0NLSRTV3
    Media URN:
    VLVADUHR10YFUN0SGY7XQ0NLSRTV3
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/10/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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