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    PRESIDENT MOBUTU OF CONGO-KINSHASA TALKED LAST WEEK WITH THE TEN FOREIGN JOURNALISTS TRAPPED UNTIL JULY 15 IN KISANGANI (FORMERLY STANLEYVILLE) AS A RESULT OF THE RECENT FIGHTING THERE.

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    JOURNALIST SEATED IN FRONT OF PRESIDENT MOBUTU, SEVERAL SHOTS.




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    Background: PRESIDENT MOBUTU OF CONGO-KINSHASA TALKED LAST WEEK WITH THE TEN FOREIGN JOURNALISTS TRAPPED UNTIL JULY 15 IN KISANGANI (FORMERLY STANLEYVILLE) AS A RESULT OF THE RECENT FIGHTING THERE. THE PRESIDENT TOLD THE JOURNALISTS THAT THEY HAD COME FACE TO FACE WITH 'THE FORCES OF EVIL'.

    THE JOURNALISTS WERE ABLE TO DESCRIBE THEIR ARREST, WHICH OCCURRED SEVERAL HOURS AFTER BATTLE BROKE OUT BETWEEN MERCENARIES AND CONGOLESE GOVERNMENT TROOPS IN KISANGANI.

    ARRESTED BY A MERCENARY, WHO TOLD THEM "YOU ARE UNDER ARREST. WE ARE HAVING A PARTY HERE", THE JOURNALIST WERE TAKEN TO KISANGANI'S BIGGEST HOTEL, THE CONGO PALACE, AND WERE NOT ALLOWED TO LEAVE UNTIL JULY 15, WHEN THEY WERE FLOWN OUT BY A RED CROSS PLANE. NONE COMPLAINED OF BEING MALTREATED.

    SPEAKING TO THE JOURNALIST -- EIGHT BELGIANS, A FRENCHMAN, A WEST GERMAN, AND TWO CONGOLESE -- PRESIDENT MOBUTU STRESSED THE POINT THAT THEY HAD ARRIVED IN THE CONGO AS GUESTS OF THE GOVERNMENT, AND HAD COME FACE TO FACE WITH THE FORCES OF EVIL. THE JOURNALISTS WERE ON A FACT-FINDING TRIP AT THE GOVERNMENT'S INVITATION. PRESIDENT MOBUTU SAID HE HOPED THEY TOOK HOME WITH THEM THE DEEP CONVICTION THAT THE CONGOLESE NATION WAS UNITED AROUND ITS CHIEF IN THE FIGHT AGAINST SUBVERSION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1NCQ6POP84EZ11TA9ZX5TEXBG
    Media URN:
    VLVA1NCQ6POP84EZ11TA9ZX5TEXBG
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/07/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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