Video: The Assassination of Patrice Lumumba *RARE*

Patrice Lumumba was a Congolese independence leader and the first black Prime minister of Congo. As founder and leader of the mainstream Movement National Congolais (MNC) party, Lumumba played an important role in campaigning for independence from Belgium.

Patrice Lumumba was assassinated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in January 1961, less than 7 months after taking office as prime minister of the newly independent country. This documentary explores the complexities of Congo’s situation after independence from Belgium and the international forces that played a part in Lumumba’s assassination. The documentary includes several primary and secondary source accounts in order to answer the question: Why was Patrice Lumumba assassinated? Recommended further reading –

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