President Mobutu of Zaire has presented the first prisoners taken in anti-insurgency operations to a mass rally in Kinshasa.
GV Rally assembled in stadium.
GV AND SV Mobutu arrives waving to crowd. (5 shots)
GV Prisoners brought down steps and taken round stadium in jeep. (4 shots)
CU AND GV President Mobutu addressing crowd and crowds cheering. (3 shots)
SV AND CU INTERIOR Journalists examining counterfeit money. (2 shots)
SV AND CU Two wounded prisoners being shown to newsmen. (2 shots)
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Latest reports said fighting was going in between the Lufupa and Lubudi rivers as part of the Government's move on Mitshatsha near the copper mining centre of Kolwezi about 750 miles (1200 kms) south east of Kinshasa.
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Background: President Mobutu of Zaire has presented the first prisoners taken in anti-insurgency operations to a mass rally in Kinshasa.
SYNOPSIS: The rally, attended by 60,000 Zaireans, was held in a football stadium. They'd been told there was to be a rally but they did not know the two prisoners were to be put on show. In the capital, there have been few reminders that there has been fighting going on in the country, and the rally appeared to be the most enthusiastic of the three President Mobutu has organised.
President Mobutu received a rousing welcome from his countrymen. The reported invasion of the country by insurgent forces occurred early last month. Since then President Mobutu has charged the Soviet Union, Cuba and Angola with sending troops into Zaire to support the insurgents. The three countries have repeatedly denied Zaire's charges of involvement in the fighting. President Mobutu has also accused the Soviet Union of infiltrating agents into the framework of Zairean life in order to spread subversion.
Then came the moment when the unheralded prisoners were brought out and the already enthusiastic crowd went wild. They were displayed in an army jeep and taken around the stadium.
Referring to the Soviet Union's claims of non-involvement in the fighting, President Mobutu said, "They are liars". Later the two prisoners were presented to journalists at a news conference where captured arms and forged money were also on display. The forgeries were reported to be of rather poor quality.
The two prisoners, captured at Kayembe, said they'd been trained by Cubans and Russians in Angola. They did say that Cubans were among their troops.