• Short Summary

    MAJOR JEAN SCHRAMME'S WHITE MERCENARIES AND REBEL KATANGAN TROOPS ARE CONTINUING THEIR OCCUPATION OF BAKAVU, CAPITAL OF THE CONGO'S KIVU PROVINCE.

  • Description

    MAJOR JEAN SCHRAMME'S WHITE MERCENARIES AND REBEL KATANGAN TROOPS ARE CONTINUING THEIR OCCUPATION OF BAKAVU, CAPITAL OF THE CONGO'S KIVU PROVINCE. MOST OF THE REFUGEES WHO THE MERCENARIES ESCORTED TO THE CONGO-RWANDA FRONTIER BRIDGE ARE NOW IN BRUSSELS, THE BELGIAN CAPITAL.

    THE MERCENARIES AND KATANGANS AT BAKAVU HAVE ALREADY CLAIMED TO HAVE WON VICTORIES AGAINST THE CONGOLESE GOVERNMENT TROOPS WHO ADVANCED ON THEM FROM TWO DIRECTIONS. MEANWHILE, A SPOKESMAN FOR RWANDA HAS SAID THAT ANY ATTEMPT BY THE MERCENARIES TO ENTER RWANDA FROM THE CONGO WOULD BE CONSIDERED AN ACT OF AGGRESSION.

    THE STATEMENT ISSUED IN PARIS SAID: "RWANDA WILL WELCOME IN A HUMANITARIAN SPIRIT THE BLACK AND WHITE REFUGEES COMING FROM THE CONGO AND WILL CLOSE ITS FRONTIERS TO THE MERCENARIES AND KATANGAN TROOPS WHO HAVE BETRAYED THEIR PEOPLE AND THE INCONTESTABLE CONGOLESE AUTHORITY ESTABLISHED BY GENERAL MOBUTU".

    SOME 120 REFUGEES, MEN WOMEN AND CHILDREN, ARE NOW IN BRUSSELS AFTER BEING ESCORTED TO THE RWANDA BRODER BY THE MERCENARIES, AFTER A MARCH OF FIVE WEEKS, MOST OF IT WITHOUT ADEQUATE FOOD AND WATER SUPPLIES. MANY DENIED THEY HAD BEEN TAKEN AS HOSTAGES BY THE MERCENARIES, BUT OTHERS SAID THEY HAD BEEN "FORCED" OR "INVITED" TO JOIN THE MERCENARY COLUMNS.

    PRESIDENT MOBUTU OF THE CONGO HAS GIVEN THE MERCENARIES 10 DAYS TO SURRENDER "OR FACE SPECTACULAR PUNISHMENT". THE MERCENARIES LAST WEEK GAVE HIM UNTIL THE 20TH OF AUGUST TO HAND OVER POWER TO MR TSHOMBE, THE FORMER PRIME MINISTER, WHO IS NOW A PRISONER IN ALGIERS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAHNXXR73B408T2UUW5MR5WLVG
    Media URN:
    VLVAHNXXR73B408T2UUW5MR5WLVG
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/08/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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