In the Congo on Sunday (12 February), the Congolese President, Colonel Joachim Yhombi-Opango, attended a big rally to mark the 14th anniversary of the founding of the Union of Young Congolese Socialists.
GV Congolese President Joachim Yhombi-Opango arriving by car at rally ground in Brazzaville
CU Soldier salutes as President (in red beret) steps from car and is greeted by rally organisers (2 shots)
TGV Children in stadium waving red flags (2 shots)
SV President Yhombi-Opengo seated with army officers in grandstand
GTV Large crowd seated in grandstand
SV Crowd chanting and making salute (2 shots)
SCU President Yhombi-Opango returning salute and speaking to crowd
SV Secretary-General of the Union of Young Congolese Socialists, Mr. Jean Pierre Gombet (in light suit) looking on
GV Children with portraits of President Yhombi-Opango and flags
SCU President Yhombi-Opengo speaking
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Background: In the Congo on Sunday (12 February), the Congolese President, Colonel Joachim Yhombi-Opango, attended a big rally to mark the 14th anniversary of the founding of the Union of Young Congolese Socialists. The rally was held in the country's capital, Brazzaville.
SYNOPSIS: President Yhombi-Opango, who has been head of state in the Congo for almost a year now, arrived at the rally to receive a warm welcome from the rally organisers. Like his assassinated predecessor Major Marien Ngouabi, President Yhombi-Opango follows a Marxist line.
More than 50,000 young children and students had gathered for the rally which took place in a big Brazzaville stadium.
High ranking members of the armed forces joined the President in the grandstand for the celebration which opened with a show of support for the Congolese Labour Party. The party was established by the late President Ngouabi, who was a cousin of the present leader.
President Yhombi-Opango then addressed the youngsters. He told them that he was impressed with their commitment to the party.
As he spoke, Jean Pierre Gombet, the Secretary-General of the Union of Young Congolese Socialists looked on, and students waved the President's portrait.
President Yhombi-Opango went on to urge them to stay politically aware, and to defend the revolution.