Opposition deputies in the Congo Republic's Katanga Assembly, Elisabethville, walked out July 27 in protest against the secession policy of Moise Tshombe, self-styled President of Katanga Province.
GV Katanga Assembly in session
SV Spectators and soldier guard
CU Member of Conakat Party addresses Assembly
SV Member of Opposition Party speaks
CV Another member of Opposition rises and speaks
CU Above member speaks
GV Opposition members walk out
MV Conakat members confer
GV Members leaving the Assembly building
MV Ilunga Mwamba's colleagues congratulate him
CU Mr Mwamba in car
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Background: Opposition deputies in the Congo Republic's Katanga Assembly, Elisabethville, walked out July 27 in protest against the secession policy of Moise Tshombe, self-styled President of Katanga Province. It was the first demonstration they had made since Mr Tshombe declared Katanga an independent State.
The walk-out by 15 members of the main opposition party - the Balubakat-cartel - followed a speech by their Acting President and Opposition leader, Ilunga Mwanba. Mr Mwamba, attacking the secession move, accused Mr Tsohmbe's regime of dictatorship, deceit and arbitrary arrests of Opposition members.
Mr Mwamba stated that independence had been declared by a "government of fantasy" composed entirely of Mr Tshombe's Conakat Party. Negotiations to give the opposition places in the Government had broken down. "Katanga should be one of the provinces of a united Congo", he declared. He threatened that the Balubakat-cartel would set up a separate government of its own in north-east Katanga, where its supporters are in a majority.
Repeating July 28 that he is willing to permit United Nations troops to enter Katanga, Mr Tsohmbe said calm and order reigned everywhere and they were not necessary. He said again that he would order his force to fight United Nations troops if they tried to land in the Province.