Monday, August 10, 2009

Secretary Clinton Challenged in Congo Town Hall

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was challenged by a Congolese student in a town hall meeting in Kinshasa today. During the town hall, the student tapped into Congo's central challenge - for the affairs of the Congo and the management of its resources to be determined by the people of the Congo - since Congo was given to King Leopold II of Belgium in 1885 as his personal property.

According to the New York Times:
At the town hall meeting, one student stood up and asked Mrs. Clinton if he were to become president of Congo tomorrow, and if he tried to be independent from the West and follow his own ideas, would he be assassinated? It was a not so thinly veiled reference to Patrice Lumumba, Congo’s first democratically elected prime minister, who was killed in 1961 with the help of the C.I.A.
Read article and Secretary Clinton's response to the Congolese student.


At 2:37 PM, Blogger Colored Opinions said...

The student could very well have thought of the more recent assasination of Laurent Kabila.

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