Congo: The Boys from Binza

At a military camp outside Leopoldville, a battalion of paratroopers watched glumly as two of their lieutenants and 18 men were lined up and stripped naked. It was a cashiering, Congo-style. According to their superiors, the punished men had accepted bribes in a plot to overthrow the government. This plot failed, but there are plenty of others going. Again the Congo is rumbling, and Premier Cyrille Adoula is feeling the ground shake under him.

The tremors became serious last August, when mobs of unemployed overthrew President Fulbert Youlou in the ex-French Congo...

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