Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Patrice Lumumba Birthday

(From Wikipedia) Patrice Émery Lumumba (born Élias Okit'Asombo; 2 July 1925 – 17 January 1961) was a Congolese independence leader and the first democratically elected Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo (now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo). As founder and leader of the Mouvement National Congolais, Lumumba helped win his country's independence from Belgium in 1960.
Within twelve weeks, Lumumba's government was deposed in a coup during the Congo Crisis. The main reason he was ousted from power was his opposition to Belgian-backed secession of the mineral-rich Katanga province.[4] Lumumba was subsequently imprisoned by state authorities under Joseph-Desiré Mobutu and executed by firing squad under the command of the secessionist Katangan authorities. The United Nations, which he had asked to come to the Congo, did not intervene to save him. Belgium, the United States (via the CIA), and the United Kingdom (via MI6) have all been accused of involvement in Lumumba's death.
This new t-shirt is a commemoration of the great leader just in time for his birthday!