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Patrice Lumumba (1925)

Lumumba was an African nationalist leader and the first elected prime minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo after it gained independence from Belgium in 1960. The early years of independence were tumultuous, and Lumumba held his position for just weeks before being deposed. He was later executed by firing squad. His death was not officially announced for three weeks, and rumors swirled about US and Belgian involvement. Who had plotted earlier to kill Lumumba with poisoned toothpaste? More...
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Patrice Lumumba (1925)
Lumumba was an African nationalist leader and the first elected prime minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo after it gained independence from Belgium in 1960. The early years of independence were tumultuous, and Lumumba held his position for just weeks before being deposed. He was later executed by firing squad. His death was not officially announced for three weeks, and rumors swirled about US and Belgian involvement.
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Lumumba was a key figure in the Congolese independence movement and the first democratically elected Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo. He was elected in June 1960. Three months later, he was deposed in a coup and executed by firing squad.

There are suspicions that the CIA, Britain's MI6, and the Belgian government each played a role in the coup. The ostensible American interest was that Lumumba was a pan-Africanist and seemed too friendly with the Soviets. That wasn't a surprise, since an anticolonialist would obviously support the struggles of his anticolonial neighbors, and since the USSR had been more supportive of anticolonialist movements than the United States had been. Belgium, for their part, considered Lumumba a threat to their stake in Katanga, a mineral-rich province that, with Belgian backing, sought to break from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Either way, Lumumba ended up dead. The precise role of the CIA, MI6, and the Belgian government remains undisclosed.

What is known for sure is that the CIA had devised an assassination plan against Lumumba that was never carried out.

Larry Devlin, the CIA’s Congo station chief at the time, recalled the moment when he first became aware of the plot. It was the moment he was handed poison toothpaste and told to get it into Lumumba's mouth. Devlin was shocked. He hid the toothpaste in his office safe and then threw it in the Congo River.

https://www.pri.org/stories/2013-10-24/castro-cheney-historys-most-insane-assassination-plots
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