The Congo: The Cops Protest

The Congo's latest mutiny began on payday. Opening up their pay envelopes last week, Leopoldville's 3,000-man police force discovered that their demand for a 25% wage hike had not been met. At dawn the next morning, the angry cops overpowered their own officers, then raided Leopoldville's city hall, where they took some two dozen hostages, including two deputy mayors and the mayor's pregnant wife. Barricading themselves in their police barracks, the well-armed cops waited for the government to ante up more money.

Instead, Premier Cyrille Adoula's government dispatched the Congolese army commander, General Joseph Mobutu, and...

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