• Short Summary

    IN KHARTOUM, YESTERDAY (THURSDAY), GASTON SOUMIALOT, THE COMMANDER OF THE CONGOLESE INSURGENT ARMY, SAID HIS FORCES CONTROL TWO-THIRDS OF THE CONGO.

  • Description

    IN KHARTOUM, YESTERDAY (THURSDAY), GASTON SOUMIALOT, THE COMMANDER OF THE CONGOLESE INSURGENT ARMY, SAID HIS FORCES CONTROL TWO-THIRDS OF THE CONGO. HE ADDED THEY WERE MOVING TO LIBERATE THE REMAINDER, INCLUDING LEOPOLDVILLE. HE GAVE THIS NEWS SPEAKING IN FRENCH AT A PRESS CONFERENCE IN A KHARTOUM HOTEL.

    HE SAID HIS PEOPLE HAD NO ARMS EXCEPT THOSE CAPTURED FROM THEIR ENEMIES. AND HE CLAIMED MANY THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE, BOTH BACK AND WHITE, WERE KILLED BY THE BELGIAN PARATROOPERS IN MAY VILLAGES, INCLUDING NURSES, CHILDREN AND THE SICK.

    THE NUMBER OF AFRICANS KILLED WAS INCALCULABLE. HE DENIED THE SOME WHITE HOSTAGES HAD BEEN KILLED BEFORE THE PARATROOP LANDINGS. THE BARBARIC AGGRESSION BY THE AMERICANS AND BELGIANS IN THE CONGO WAS UNPRECEDENTED IN THE 20TH CENTURY, HE SAID. MR SOUMIALOT SAID THE CONGOLESE WERE NOT THE FIRST PEACEFUL PEOPLE ATTACKED BY THE AMERICANS. HE CLAIMED THEY HAD ALSO ATTACKED THE YEMEN AND VIETNAM.

    HE CRITICISED THE INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS FOR NOT INTERFERING WHEN BLACKS WERE KILLED, YET TRYING TO INTERFERE WHEN SOME WHERE KILLED, WHICH MEANT "EVEN IN DEATH THEY ARE DISCRIMINATING."
    MR SOUMIALOT SAID HE WAS TO MAKE A VAST TOUR OF EUROPE AND AMERICA TO EXPLAIN THE EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN GOVERNMENTS' POLICIES OF AGGRESSION AS HE WAS SURE THAT NO AMERICAN, BELGIAN OR OTHER PEOPLE APPROVED OF THEIR GOVERNMENT'S AGGRESSION. BUT HE PRAISED FRANCE AND PRESIDENT DE GAULLE FOR UNDERSTANDING THE TRUE POSITION OF AFRICAN PEOPLES.

    HE SAID THAT BY THE PREMEDITATED BELGIAN PARATROOP LANDINGS IN STANLEYVILLE, THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT HAD SABOTAGED THE TALKS. THERE THE REVOLUTIONARY GOVERNMENT HAD BEEN NEGOTIATING THE FATE OF HOSTAGES WITH THE ORGANISATION OF AFRICAN UNITY'S SPECIAL COMMISSION ON THE CONGO, HEADED BY MR KENYATTA, THE PRIME MINISTER OF KENYA.

    THE CONGOLESE GOVERNMENT HE SAID WAS A COMMISSION REPRESENTING AMERICAN IMPERIALISTS. AND THE STANLEYVILLE LANDING WAS A CONTINUATION OF THE OLD IMPERIALIST PLAN AGAINST THE CONGO PEOPLE STARTED BY THE MURDER OF THE LEGAL CONGO CHIEF, PATRICE LUMUMBA, HE SAID.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAJIIHEVY6J1A8HCFV9KPAHPA0
    Media URN:
    VLVAJIIHEVY6J1A8HCFV9KPAHPA0
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/12/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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