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Patrice Lumumba

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Patrice Lumumba was a prime minister of the Republic of Congo (now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo).
 
During his childhood he studied at many different schools and later became a post clerk.  He was arrested for keeping post office funds and sentenced to 2 years in prison but his sentence was reduced when it was said that he had paid the funds back.  In 1958 he helped form the Mouvement National Congolais, where he later became president, and became a member of the All-African Peoples Conference in Ghana.  In 1959  he was arrested again for supposedly starting a riot in which 30 people were killed.  He was sent to jail but later released to attend the Brussels conference thanks in part to the MNC's political power.  The conference was to decide the independence of Congo.  The conference ended with Congo gaining its independence. 
On May 31st the MNC had won political power and Lumumba was elected prime minister. 

When the province of Katanga declared its independence, UN troops were sent but Lumumba called for Soviet aid.  President Joseph Kasa-Vubu dismissed him.  Lumumba was arrested for provoking the army to rebellion.  His sentencing was house arrest. During house arrest he snuck out of his house and left the protection of UN troops. He was caught by enemy troops and beaten many times.  He was put in a car and firing squads fired upon the car killing the prime minister. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Patrice Lumumba in office.

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