Stanleyville...the isolated capital of the Congo's Orientale Province and stronghold of troops loyal to imprisoned?
Stanleyville...the isolated capital of the Congo's Orientale Province and stronghold of troops loyal to imprisoned ex-Premier Patrice Lumumba. Belgians in the town have been living in fear of imprisonment or even death unless Mr. Lumumba were released from prison.
Overcoming great difficulties, VISNEWS cameraman Ray Robinson succeeded in entering Stanleyville - after being specially assigned from Nairobi - but, because of the threat to his personal safety, was forced to remain within the confines of United Nations Headquarters.
Film just received from him shows Ethiopian General Iyassu, UN Chief-of-Staff for the Congo, and M. Brzak, civilian Officer-in-Charge, conferring Dec 17 outside the headquarters.
General Iyassu has been largely responsible for the immediate easing of tension in the town. The fact that no arrests were made in Stanleyville was due to prompt UN action in offering protection to Europeans when they were menaced.
Troops of Colonel Mobutu are posted at strategic points around the Province and, Dec 19, another boatload of his soldiers were sent up the Congo River as reinforcements.
The United Nations position in the Congo has been made increasingly difficult by the withdrawal of many troops by member nations.