Universal Newsreel footage of the capture and treatment of Patrice Lumumba in the Congo.ARVE Error: Mode: lazyload not available (ARVE Pro not active?), switching to normal mode
Date: December 5, 1960
Original Title: Lumumba Seized: Followers Threaten New Congo Upheaval
Film Type: Black and White / Sound
Credit: MCA/Universal Films
Archival Source: National Archives / 200-UN / 33-98
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A new chapter begins in the dark and tragic history of the Congo with the return to Leopoldville of deposed premier [Patrice] Lumumba, following his capture by crack commandos of strongman Colonel Mobutu [Sese Seko].
Taken to Mobutu's headquarters past a jeering, threatening crowd, Lumumba was impassive at this lowest ebb of his stormy career.
Mobutu watched as his troops manhandle Lumumba, but promised the pro-Red Lumumba a fair trial on charges of inciting the army to rebellion.
Lumumba was removed to an army prison outside the capital, as his supporters in Stanleyville seized control of Orientale province and threatened a return of disorder.
Before that, Lumumba suffered more indignities, including being forced to eat a speech, in which he restated his claim to be the Congo's rightful premier.
Even in bonds, Lumumba remains a dangerous prisoner, storm center of savage loyalties and equally savage opposition.
Universal Newsreel footage of the capture and treatment of Patrice Lumumba in the Congo.