The Belgian Embassy in the Congolese capital, Kinshasa windows, invaded the Embassy building, burned its furniture and overturned cars in the street.
Demonstrators along street; climbing onto Embassy building; meeting windows; overturning car; throwing furniture from balcony; burning car; tearing down statue; President Mobutu watching and trying to quieten crowd; wreckage in street.
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Background: The Belgian Embassy in the Congolese capital, Kinshasa windows, invaded the Embassy building, burned its furniture and overturned cars in the street.
Demonstrators also tore down a statue of King Albert I of Belgium.
President Joseph Mobutu of Congo-Kinshasa today (Wednesday) defended the demonstrators. He said the sacking was provoked by what he called "inhumane and criminal acts of a Belgian named Schramme, at the head of a group of international gangsters who have put the East of the country to fire and sword."
The demonstration began as a quiet protest to the capture last week of Bukavu in the Eastern Congo by troops of the Belgian mercenary leader Jean Schramme.
Thousands of demonstrators marched on the Belgian Embassy building in Kinshasa waving banners and shouting. But some began throwing stones and soon the crowd has bombarding the building. Embassy staff were evacuated earlier.
Many climbed ladders onto balconies and began throwing office files and furniture into the street where they were quickly smashed by the waiting crowd.
Others overturned parked cars and set them on fire. The Belgian flag was torn down and set fire and a blaze quickly began to spread inside the building itself.
A nearby statue of King Albert of Belgium was pulled end levered down a draped in black.
Belgium yesterday accused the Congolese Government of doing nothing to prevent the sacking of the Embassy. The foreign Minister M. Pierre Hermel, said: "The Congolese Government did nothing -- just the contrary -- to prevent the events, despite the fact that our Ambassador had issued several warnings and had asked for protection."
President Mobutu went to the Embassy and saw demonstrators tearing down the statue of King Albert. He talked to the crowd and afterwards many dispersed.