A few hours before Congolese Premier Lumumba addressed the opening session of the Pan-Africa Congress, Leopoldville, Aug 25, Congolese police clashed with strikers in the city's streets.
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SV Riot police disperse strikers
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SCU Captain Michel Mosovo, Personal Military Aids to Mr Lumumba
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SV Injured rioter receive attention in medical van
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Background: A few hours before Congolese Premier Lumumba addressed the opening session of the Pan-Africa Congress, Leopoldville, Aug 25, Congolese police clashed with strikers in the city's streets.
Three thousand five hundred workers from UTEXLEO, the Congo's largest textile factory, demanded higher wages, Peaceful at first, the strikers were annoyed by the appearance of police, baton charges followed, and eventually the police opened fire; according to some reports, three demonstrators were wounded. Ghanaian police and soldiers arrived at this juncture, and prevented further deterioration of the situation. Among those witnessing the incident was Captain Michel Mowoso, Mr. Lumumba's Personal Military Aide.
Later in the day, as Mr Lumumba spoke to Pan-African delegates in the Hall of Culture, shots again echoed through Leopoldville; this time it was Congolese troops breaking up an anti-government demonstration with a savagery that distressed many observers.