Patrice Lumumba: the most important assassination of the 20th century

Today is the anniversary of the assassination of Patric Lumumba. This jewel of journalism and iconic World history is well deserved reading. A revered brave man.

Moorbey'z Blog

The US-sponsored plot to kill
Patrice Lumumba, the hero of
Congolese independence,
took place 50 years ago

 Patrice Lumumba became the first prime minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1960, and was killed in 1961

Patrice Lumumba, the first legally elected prime minister of theDemocratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was assassinated 50 years ago today, on 17 January, 1961. This heinous crime was a culmination of two inter-related assassination plots by American and Belgian governments, which used Congolese accomplices and a Belgian execution squad to carry out the deed.

Ludo De Witte, the Belgian author of the best book on this crime, qualifies it as “the most important assassination of the 20th century”. The assassination’s historical importance lies in a multitude of factors, the most pertinent being the global context in which it took place, its impact on Congolese politics since then and Lumumba’s overall legacy as a nationalist leader.

For 126 years, the US and Belgium have played key roles in shaping…

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