TREATMENT OF AMERICAN CONSULAR PERSONNEL AT STANLEYVILLE

Created: 10/16/1964

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OF AMERICAN CONSULAR PERSONNEL AT STANLEYVILLE

IN THE FIRST FEW DAYS FOLLOWING THE FALL OF STANLEYVILLE, THE

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STRONG ROOM. WITH THE ARRIVAL OF GEN. NICOLAS OLENGA OF THE REBEL FORCES, THE AMERICANS EMERGED FROM THEIR HIDING PLACE, AND THEY WERE PRESENTRESS CONFERENCE GIVEN BY OLENGA, TO WHICH THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE CONSULAR CORPS WERE ALSO SUMMONED. ACCORDING To|

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tT THIS PRESS CONFERENCE, OLENGA PUBLICLY THREATENED THE AMERICAN PERSONNEL, SAYING, EEL STRONGER THAN YOU. AD THE MEANS

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WAS NO WAY OF TELLING WHETHER THERE WOULD BE WHOLESALElbN1MSV&- BETWEEN APPROXIMATELYNDUGUST, WERE DRIVING ALONGSIOE CAMP SERGEANT KETELE.

TO SLOW DOWN AND LOOK DISCREETLY TO HIS RIGHT. H< < MEN BEING DISEMBARKEORUCK. "THOSE ARE THEMEANING THE AMERICAN CONSULATETHEMLSTANCE OF ABOUTEET, ANDCOULD SEE THAT THEIR FACES AND HEADSAND BRUISED. THEIR MOUTHS WERE STUFFED WITH CLOTHS,TOAMERICAN FLAGS TAKEN FROM THE

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WHO HAD SEEN THE AMERICANS ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS BUT HADBY THE REBELS NOT TO PUT PRESSURE ON TO VISITHAD BEEN BADLY BEATEN AND HAD BRUISES

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ON THEIR FACES AND ARMS. THEIR CLOTHING WAS VERY DIRTY. ONE OF THEM

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been bleed ing from the head on one occasion, accordingthe man most severely beaten was the vice consul, whom hea young man ofyears whose father is reportedly anthe fact that the vice consul had been the oneirmed

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also to have seen the american personnel at camp ketele, on he wondered what the

reaction of the american govt would be if it were known how badly the consulate personnel had been treated.

after the rebels failed to capture bukavu and were driven from the city in late august, the rebel authorities retaliated by placing the americans in the stanleyville central prison across from the boucher ie demaigre. there they were forced to sleep on the floor and eat with their hands.they were subsequently removed to the sabena guest house, but after the? arrival ofNYE in early september they were again put in prison,eriodeeks.m| that they were again taken back to the sabena guest

shortly after his arrival during august, gaston soumialotress conference which II 1mself attended. this was held at the presidency, which is the former residence of the belgian governor at stanleyville during the pre-independence period. this is in the vicinity of the airport, and the!

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GUEST HOUSE TO ARRIVE AT THE PRESIDENCY. HE OBSERVEDREBEL SOLDIERS GUARDING THE GUEST HOUSE. HE OBSERVED NOSOLDIERS AT THE AIRPORT.RECOUNTED THAT,

AT THE TIME OF THE LANDING OF THE RED CROSS PLANE ATWEREEBEL SOLDIERS AT THE AIRPORT. THISESTIMATERESCRIPTION THERE TO GIVE TO

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THE RED CROSS DELEGATION IN ORDER TO OBTAIN MEDICINESERIOUSLY ILL PERSON IN STANLEYVILLE).

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ARADE OF REBEL MILITARY WAS HELD IN FRONT OF THE LUMIMSA MONUMENT AND GBENYERESS CONFERENCE AT THE STANLEY HOTEL.

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THE AMERICAN CONSUL AND BRING HIM TO THEwENT TO

THE SABENA GUEST HOUSE BUT HE DID NOT HAVE ANY DOCUMENT OFGBENYE. THE MILITARY THERE BECAME VERY AGITATED AND SAIDUNDER STRICT ORDERS FROM OLENGA NOT TO REMOVE THETHIS INCIDENT, jhe AMERICANS WERE PLACED BACK IN THEAT THE INSTIGATION OF EITHER OLENGA OR HIS DEPUTYOPERE.THOUGH HE

NOT SURE, WAS THAT OLENGA WAS OUT OF STANLEYVILLE AT THE TIME).

BENYE GAVE ANOTHER PRESS CONFERENCE IME WHEN THE BATTLE OF LISALA WAS GOING ON. THE CONSULARPRESENT AS USUAL, BUT AGAIN NOT THE AMERICANS. ACCORDING TO_

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SAID, "THE AMERICANS ARE IN THEPOPULATION WITH THEIR AIRCRAFT,AVE GIVEN AN ORDER TOERCENARY BROUGHT HERE. WHEN THIS IS DONE, YOU WILL SEENAKESATER DURING THE CONFERENCE, GBENYE SAID,ANNOT REPLY FOR THE'SECURITY OF THE EUROPEAN POPULATION IF THESE COUNTRIES CONTINUE TO INTERFERE IN OUR AFFAIRS."

AND SAID THAT THE CONSULS SHOULDLLOWED TO SEND MESSAGES TO THEIR GOVTS, ASKING THAT THEY

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MAKE REPRESENTATIONS TO THE COUNTRIES IN QUESTION TO STOP GIVING

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MILITARY AID TO THE LEOPOLDVILLE GOVT. /JBENYE REPLIED THAT NO ONE COULD TRANSMIT ANY MESSAGE FROM STANLEYVILLE. GBENYE THEN CHANGED HIS TUNE ANO SAID,ID NOT MEAN THAT YOUR LIVES ARE INANNOT CONTAIN THE MASSES."

OLLOWING THIS PRESS CONFERENCE, THE POPULAR ARMY ROUNDEDFROM THE LISALA, BUM8A, AKETI AND'BONDO AREASTHEM INTO STANLEYV|LLE. THEY HAD MISTAKENFORFROM GBENYE PERMISSION TO SEND THEM BACK TO THEIR MISSIONS.

lip.. FIELD DlSSEM: STATE (AMBASSADORRMY CARMY ATTACHE ONLY) COMMENT: MESSXNj PORTION WILL BE DISSEMINATED ONLY IF IT MATERIALLY AFFECTS THE SENSE OF THIS REPORT.)

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