Lumumba: how the West made one

On January 17, 1961, the deposed Prime Minister of the Congo, Patrice Lumumba, was assassinated in Katanga with his two fellow prisoners Maurice Mpolo and Joseph Okito. 60 years later, the decision-making game that led to this fatal outcome is still the subject of debate among historians. One thing is for sure though: this killing came after months of plot and intrigue. During 1960, the Western camp convinced himself that Lumumba was a dangerous man, and convinced himself that he had to be politically neutralized or even murdered. .

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