• Short Summary

    TWO EUROPEANS MERCENARIES, CAPTURED BY INDIAN UN TROOPS AT THE LUFIRA BRIDGEHEAD, WERE INTERVIEWED LAST WEDNESDAY.

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    TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: "WHEN THE INDIAN COLUMN FOUND THIS BRIDGE BLOWN YESTERDAY THEY PUSHED TWO COMPANIES OF INFANTRY OVER THE RIVER STRAIGHT AWAY AND DURING THE NIGHT THEY CAPTURED TWO MERCENARIES - ONE OF THEM, BELA SZABADOS, SERVED WITH THE AMERICAN ARMY FROM WHICH HE IS A DESERTER, HE WAS OVER THREE YEARS IN THE AMERICAN ARMY. THE OTHER ONE IS A BELGIAN. THEY ARE HER, ROPED TOGETHER AND ROPED TO A GUARD. BELA SZABADOS SPEAKS ENGLISH, OBVIOUSLY, AS HE HAS SERVED IN THE AMERICAN ARMY."



    REPORTER: QUESTION: "WHEN DID YOU COME TO KATANGA?



    BELA SZABADOS: ANSWER: I CAME ON THE 29TH OF NOVEMBER TO KATANGA.



    Q. WHY DID YOU COME?



    A. BECAUSE I WANTED TO FIGHT FOR THE CAUSE OF KATANGA.



    Q. WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE THIS CAUSE TO BE?



    A. THIS CAUSE IS THE RIGHT CAUSE BECAUSE THE ... WANT TO HAVE A GOVERNMENT WHICH UNTIL NOW WAS ABLE TO KEEP EVERYTHING STRAIGHT, WHICH I CAN'T SAY ABOUT THE CONGOLESE GOVERNMENT. ALSO I BELIEVE THAT THE KATANGESE GOVERNMENT IS ANTI-COMMUNIST.



    Q. HOW DID YOU GET THAT BLACK EYE?



    A. THEY BEAT ME UP A LITTLE.



    Q. HOW MANY EUROPEANS MERCENARIES ARE THERE IN THE KATANGESE ARMY THAT YOU KNOW OF?



    A. IT MIGHT BE ANYTHING BETWEEN 80 AND 100 AT THE PRESENT TIME."




    Initials KJ/S/JF/LW


    EDITORS SEE ALSO PROD 0072/63 UN TROOPS REACH JADOTVILLE OUTSKIRTS.

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: TWO EUROPEANS MERCENARIES, CAPTURED BY INDIAN UN TROOPS AT THE LUFIRA BRIDGEHEAD, WERE INTERVIEWED LAST WEDNESDAY.THEY ARE BELA SZABADOS, 26, A STATELESS HUNGARIAN, AND JEAN DEMERVEILLEUX, A 21-YEAR-OLD BELGIAN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA327EXQ6UL18T7HW0FKRV2LTPL
    Media URN:
    VLVA327EXQ6UL18T7HW0FKRV2LTPL
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/01/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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