A Revolutionary Speech: Patrice Lumumba and the Birth of the Republic of Congo

de Witte, Ludo

Publisher:  CounterPunch
Date Written:  21/01/2016
Year Published:  2016  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX18664

Patrice Lumumba, the Congolese independence leader and first democratically elected Prime Minister, was executed on 17th January, 1961. He had been beated and tortured in a culmination of two assassination plots by the Belgian government and the CIA, ordered directly by President Dwight Eisenhower to 'eliminate' the charismatic leader, with the cooperation of British intelligence and Katangan authorities.

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