• Short Summary

    TROOPS OF A UNITED NATIONS INDIAN BATTALION GUARDED A ROAD BLOCK ON THE MAIN HIGHWAY INTO ELISABETHVILLE, KATANGA, JULY 12, THE DAY AFTER 2,000 OF PRESIDENT TSHOMBE'S TROOPS PARADED INTO THE CITY FOR THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS OF KATANGA'S SECESSION.

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    TROOPS OF A UNITED NATIONS INDIAN BATTALION GUARDED A ROAD BLOCK ON THE MAIN HIGHWAY INTO ELISABETHVILLE, KATANGA, JULY 12, THE DAY AFTER 2,000 OF PRESIDENT TSHOMBE'S TROOPS PARADED INTO THE CITY FOR THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS OF KATANGA'S SECESSION.

    THE UNITED NATIONS MADE A PROTEST AGAINST THE SIZE OF THE PARADE, CLAIMING THE PRESIDENT HAD AGREED THAT ONLY 300 TROOPS WOULD TAKE PART. A U.N. SPOKESMAN SAID THE ROAD BLOCK WAS CONSIDERED "PRUDENT TO PREVENT ANOTHER MASS INFLUX OF ARMED KATANGESE TROOPS. "HOWEVER, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED, AN ATTACK WAS NOT PLANNED, "NOR DO WE WANT TO BEGIN FIGHTING AGAIN."
    PRESIDENT TSHOMBE DENIED HE HAD GIVEN AN UNDERTAKING TO LIMIT THE PARADE TO 300 MEN. HE TOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE HE COULD HAVE PUT 6,000 MEN ON PARADE, BUT HAD RESTRICTED IT TO A "TOKEN FORCE" OF 2,000 MEN.

    LATER IN THE DAY, A PLATOON OF KATANGASE TROOPS ARMED WITH AUTOMATIC WEAPONS TOOK UP POSITIONS ABOUT 200 WARDS INSIDE THE INDIAN ROADBLOCK ON THE WAY TO THE AFRICAN QUARTER OF THE CITY.

    THOUSANDS OF AFRICAN WORKERS REFUSED TO GO TO WORK WHEN THEY SAW U.N. ARMOURED CARS PATROLLING ACCESS TO THE CITY CENTRE. HOWEVER THEY RETURNED GRADUALLY TO WORK, AND LIFE IN THE CITY ALTHOUGH TENSE, RETURNED TO NORMAL.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAF2HGVI5N6SICSOVP6JV28A32G
    Media URN:
    VLVAF2HGVI5N6SICSOVP6JV28A32G
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/07/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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