Assassination of Congolese independence leader and revolutionary Patrice Lumumba

The United States and Belgium led counter revolutionary forces carried out the assassination.

January 17, 2020 by Peoples Dispatch

On January 17, 1961, Congolese independence leader, Patrice Lumumba was assassinated by counter-revolutionary forces, backed by the US and Belgium. He was the first Prime Minister of the independent Democratic Republic of the Congo (then Republic of the Congo). He played a significant role in the transformation of the Congo from a colony of Belgium into an independent republic. Ideologically an African nationalist and Pan-Africanist, he led the Congolese National Movement (MNC) party from 1958 until his assassination.