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    THE FUNERAL OF FORMER CONGOLESE PRIME MINISTER M. MOISE TSHOMBE WAS HELD IN BRUSSELS TODAY?

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    THE FUNERAL OF FORMER CONGOLESE PRIME MINISTER M. MOISE TSHOMBE WAS HELD IN BRUSSELS TODAY (SATURDAY). AT ONE POINT POLICE STRUGGLED TO HOLD BACK GRIEF-STRICKEN AFRICAN MOURNERS WHO APPARENTLY TRIED TO JUMP INTO THE GRAVE IN WHICH M. TSHOMBE WAS BURIED.

    MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY AND OTHER MOURNERS WAILED AND SOBBED DURING THE FUNERAL IN A SUBURBAN BRUSSELS CEMETERY. THE FORMER AFRICAN LEADER DIED IN EXILE IN ALGERIA LAST SUNDAY, TWO YEARS AFTER BEING KIDNAPPED TO ALGERIA DURING A FLIGHT OVER THE MEDITERRANEAN.

    THE FUNERAL CORTEGE LEFT FROM THE WIDOWED MRS. TSHOMBE'S HOUSE IN A RESIDENTIAL QUARTER OF BRUSSELS. THE HEARSE CARRYING M. TSHOMBE'S BODY WAS GARLANDED WITH HUGE WREATHS OF ROSES AND CARNATIONS.

    SEVERAL HUNDRED PEOPLE GATHERED IN THE STREET OUTSIDE A SMALL METHODIST CHURCH IN THE CENTRE OF BRUSSELS WHERE THE SERVICE WAS CONDUCTED IN FRENCH AND SWAHILI. PASSAGES FROM THE PSALMS AND GOSPELS WERE READ IN SWAHILI AND THE FAMILY BROKE SPONTANEOUSLY INTO A KATANGESE HYMN NEAR THE END OF THE SERVICE.

    LATER, IN GRAVESIDE EULOGIES, A FORMER MILITARY CHAPLAIN IN THE CONGO PRAISED M. TSHOMBE FOR HIS NON-VIOLENCE. A FELLOW KATANGESE ACCUSED THE WEST OF DOING NOTHING TO HAVE HIM RELEASED BY THE ALGERIANS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAJO9DRGXTDP48A4KM8IN6KEPB
    Media URN:
    VLVAJO9DRGXTDP48A4KM8IN6KEPB
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/07/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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