Congo Republic: An Abb

Two years ago, when a labor uprising deposed the Brazzaville Congo's moderate President Fulbert Youlou, his leftist successor promised solemnly that "there will be no reprisals against Monsieur Youlou." There was good reason for caution, for the eccentric Youlou, a suspended Roman Catholic priest who still wears Dior-tailored habits, had been a popular President—and was the favorite son of the nation's most important tribal group.

But his talents and following made Abbé Youlou too dangerous to remain free, and so Revolutionary President Alphonse Massamba-Debat packed him off to a military camp on the outskirts of Brazzaville, locked him in...

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