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The Assassination of Patrice Lumumba(Finagling)By: Czarina Roldan &Lauryn Holland
What happened?●In 1960, Patrice Lumumba was the first democratically elected leader of the Congo as prime minister. ●After Belgium gave Congo their independance, Lumumba’s●Lumumba was pan-Africanism and had a vision of uniting Congo. His vision caused him to gain some enemies along the way, the U.S and Belgium. ●It took two attempts to eliminate Lumumba●After the failed attempt, the U.S and Belgium funneled money and aided rival politicians who seized power and arrested Lumumba. ●He was flown out to Katanga and while he was there, he was beaten and tortured, and eventually he was shot and killed on January 17, 1961.
Background●Belgium originally had control over Congo, but due to the many movements led by Lumumba, Congo gained independence on June 30, 1960●U.S and Belgium have played a major role in shaping Congo’s destiny. ●When brutal economic exploitation started to happen in Congo, the U.S joined other world powers to force Belgium to take over the country as a regular colony.