Nous avons retrouvé la photo du congolais qui avait arraché le sabre du Roi Baudouin le 30 juin 1960. Cette image figure parmi les photos les plus célèbres de l'histoire politique du monde. Merci à Sony Mokonzi qui nous a recommandé la page sur "Iconic Photos". Les commentaires en bas de l'image expliquent éloquemment comment le photographe allemand Robert Lebek du jpuranl de Hambourg "Kristall" fut le seul à avoir immortalisé cet événement. (Le devoir de mémoire)
Source: Iconic Photos
Robert Lebeck, who would later take photos for the German magazine Stern for 20 years, was traveling in Africa for three months as a photographer for Hamburg magazine Kristall in 1960. It was the year that the European powers bestowed independence on their last colonies.
As the state of Zaire (now Congo) declared its independence and the Belgium King Baudouin and President Joseph Kasavubu drove along the boulevard in an open car, On the way into Leopoldville from the airport, an exuberant nationalist pressed close to his open limousine, grabbed the King’s sword from beside him, and flourished it above his head before the police could move in and pommel him away. Lebeck was the only photographer who recorded the scene–the symbol of the decline of the power of the white man and of the bloody chaos into which the Congo was soon to descend. Lebeck was not with the other journalists in the front of the car because Lebeck came late, since he had been enjoying dessert in a good Belgian restaurant earlier.
It was not the own embarrassment the king suffered that day: as he entered the new parliamentary chamber, the Belgians shouted, “Vive le Roi!” while the Congolese Assemblymen replied with, “Vive Kasavubu!” The king regained the control by regally announcing ”May God protect the Congo!” said Baudouin, and formally proclaiming its independence. However the new Premier Patrice Lumumba gave a speech that was a vicious attack on the departing Belgian rulers. “Slavery was imposed on us by force!” he cried, as the King sat shocked and pale. “We have known ironies and insults. We remember the blows that we had to submit to morning, noon and night because we were Negroes!” Deeply offended, King Baudouin was ready to board his plane and return to Brussels forthwith. Only the urging from his ministers persuaded him to change his mind.