#Repost from @1panafrikan
The Great African Leader Patrice Lumumba
Lumumba was forcibly restrained on the flight to Elizabethville (now Lubumbashi) on 17 January 1961. On arrival, he was conducted under arrest to Brouwez House where he was brutally beaten and tortured by Katangan and Belgian officers, while President Tshombe and his cabinet decided what to do with him.
Later that night, Lumumba was driven to an isolated spot where three firing squads had been assembled. The Belgian Commission has found that the execution was carried out by Katanga’s authorities.
It reported that President Tshombe and two other ministers were present with four Belgian officers under the command of Katangan authorities. Lumumba and two ministers from his newly formed independent government (and who had also been tortured), Maurice Mpolo and Joseph Okito, were lined up against a tree and shot one at a time. The execution probably took place on 17 January 1961 between 21:40 and 21:43 according to the Belgian report. The Belgians and their counterparts wished to get rid of the bodies, which were dug up, dismembered, dissolved in sulphuric acid, with the bones ground and scattered. #patricelumba #blackpower #blackpride #blackhistory #blackrevolution #blackisbeautiful #africa #africanpower #africanhistory #congo