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Photo: The body of Patrice Lumumba, the first murdered leader of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who was returned from Belgium.

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The body of Patrice Lumumba, the first democratically elected leader of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was killed in a coup backed by the former colonial rulers of the United States and the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Thursday, 61 years later. Rested in the southern part of the country. Belgium.

“Dear national hero, you left Kinshasa and then Leopoldville completely anonymously on the night of November 27, 1960. Here, 61 years later, this calm of June 30. There will be another holy day in the sun, about the liberation from the colonial York. ” At the ceremony..

“We proudly teach our children the importance of this date and allow them to talk to their sons and grandchildren about the glorious history of our struggle for freedom,” he said. ..

Rumumba Killed in January 1961 By firing squad less than a year after securing the independence of the Democratic Republic of the Congo from Belgium. Fearing Lumba’s left-wing politics and recognizing its proximity to the Soviet Union, the country collapsed rapidly in a rebellion by US, British and Belgian-backed troops, colonized by Europeans and strategically. Denied access to resources. The Congo River basin decades ago.

After Rumumba’s death, Rumumba’s body was blasphemed. Gerald Soete, a Belgian police officer who claimed to have dissolved much of Rumba’s corpse in acid and burned the rest, retained the only known remnants of the exiled leader, Gold Teeth.

Earlier this month, King Philip of Belgium visited the Democratic Republic of the Congo and personally Delivered golden teeth To the Congolese government. On Thursday, it will be placed in a coffin covered with the flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and after a few weeks of traveling the country, it will be buried in the mausoleum of the capital of Kinshasa.
In 2002, the Belgian government Formally apologize for its role In the assassination of Rumumba. The Belgian monarchy personally ruled Congo in 1885 as part of a compromise by competing with European forces in a resource-rich country such as minerals, palm oil and rubber. Under Leopold II The brutality of colonial rule has reached new heightsAnd 10 to 15 million Congolese were killed by Belgian colonial authorities.
Rumumba joined the Congolese independence movement in 1958 and soon became a prominent leader, attending the country’s All-African People’s Conference in Ghana. Kwame Nkrumah, the leader of Pan-Africanism.. Two years later, the Congolese National Movement declared independence and won the first election. Rumumba is appointed Prime Minister A few days after the country officially became independent on June 30th.

However, less than two weeks later, troops across the country rebelled and Belgium intervened militarily. Most Europeans in the country have been reorganized in southern Katanga, where much of the country’s mineral resources are located. President Joseph Kasa-Vu dismissed Rumumba in September, claiming he was afraid of Soviet intervention, and Rumumba was reorganized in the eastern city of Stanleyville (now Kisangani).

Meanwhile, Kasa-Vu himself was overthrown by the chief of the army, Mobutu Sese Seco, and the government was subsequently approved by the United Nations. He continued to be the military ruler of the country for the next 30 years.

Rumumba was arrested in October 1960 and executed in January 1961, and continued support for domestic release.



https://sputniknews.com/20220630/photos-dr-congo-inters-remains-of-murdered-first-leader-patrice-lumumba-returned-by-belgium-1096844945.html Photo: The body of Patrice Lumumba, the first murdered leader of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who was returned from Belgium.

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