A tense and uneasy situation prevails in Luluabourg, Congo Republic, July 21, where the Belgian paratroops are in control of the airport, with Force Publique mutineers in charge of the town,.
GV Airport and Belgian paratroops
SV Group of paratroops by plane
CU Paratroops seated on ground, writing letters and reading
LV Car left by refugees in airport car park
SV European woman and two boys walk away from car
LV Of cars left by refugees
SV Of cars with broken windows, smashed
CU Of car with Belgian markings
CU Smashed windscreen of car
SV Smashed windscreen on another car
SV Tom Hopkins, journalist and Ian Berry, photographer arrive back after release
CU Of Hopkins
CU Of Berry
SV Group of Congolese rebels and Belgian troops
CU Belgian officer and rebel Congolese soldier
SV Congolese rebel and Belgian officer
SV Belgians talks to Congolese
CU Congolese rebel
SV Group of Congolese and Belgians
SV Belgian talks to Congolese rebels
SV TOWARDS Congolese and paratroops in jeep leave on patrol
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Background: A tense and uneasy situation prevails in Luluabourg, Congo Republic, July 21, where the Belgian paratroops are in control of the airport, with Force Publique mutineers in charge of the town,. As yet there have been no clashes between the two forces, with both sides waiting for the United Nations forces to arrive.
On July 21, two British pressmen were arrested by the Congolese troops when they went into the town to take photographs. Later the Belgian commander managed to secure their release. A meeting between the Congolese leader and the Belgian commander resulted in joint patrol by the two forces through the town.
In the airport car park, the cars of the Belgian refugees - some not yet a year old - lie unattended. Several have been put out of action by the fleeing Belgians so they could not be used by the Congolese.