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Patrice Lumumba and the Struggle for African independence

Title
Patrice Lumumba and the Struggle for African independence
Speaker
(author of the acclaimed book, The Assassination of Lumumba)
Date and Time
31st Oct 2008 14:00 Ė 16:00
Location
URL
http://www.cas.ed.ac.uk/events/other_events/2008_2009/patrice_lumumba_and_the_struggle_for_african_independence
For decades Lumumba¬ís murder was treated as a ¬ĎBantu matter¬í. The revelations in De Witte¬ís book forced an official government inquiry. It plainly documents the main responsibility for this with Belgium, aided and encouraged by Washington and London. The stakes are shown through describing the significance of the fight from 1958-1960 led by Lumumba for Congo¬ís independence in the context of broader developments in Africa and around the world. But this fight did not end with Lumumba¬ís death. The new neo-colonial regime faced an ongoing battle with his supporters, joined in 1965 by Cuban volunteers led by Che Guevara. Whilst the Mobutu regime closed the chapter on this, the legacy of Lumumba¬ís fight remains important for the continued struggle for African independence.
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