The thirteenth anniversary of the overthrow of former President Abbe Fulbert Youlou was celebrated int he Congo on Sunday (15 August).
GV President Ngouabi arrives by jeep and is greeted by military officers and takes his place on reviewing stand (4 shots)
SV Troops march past watched by crowd (2 shots)
SV Women soldiers march, watched by crowd (2 shots)
GV Troops march past
SV President Ngouabi steps down form platform, walks through crowd, gets into land over and drives off (3 shots)
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Background: The thirteenth anniversary of the overthrow of former President Abbe Fulbert Youlou was celebrated int he Congo on Sunday (15 August).
SYNOPSIS: The ceremonies were led by the Congolese President, Marien Ngouabi. He took power in 1968 to become the second leader the country had since the over-throw of President Youlou. On Sunday President Ngouabi was greeted by military officials before taking his place on the reviewing stand.
President Youlou had acquired virtually dictatorial powers by August 1963. His overthrow followed a march to the Central prison by trade unionists, who were demanding the release of union leaders who were imprisoned there. Three trade union members died and three days of riots and disturbances followed. President Youlou resigned.
President Ngouabi came to power after fighting broke out between left-wing supporters and troops supporting the first President, Massamba-Debat.
On Sunday, he told the crowd that friendly relationships must continue between Central African countries. He said they must fight imperialism and aggression. PAUSE FOR 3 SECONDS (CUE 42ft/1:07) President Ngouabi received several congratulatory messages, including one form the Vietnamese President, Ton Duc Thang.