Patrice Lumumba, the Congolese independence leader and first democratically elected Prime Minister, was executed 55 years ago on 17th January, 1961. He had been beated and tortured in a culmination of two assassination plots by the Belgian government and the CIA, ordered directly by President Dwight Eisenhower to ‘eliminate’ the charismatic leader, with the cooperation of British intelligence and Katangan authorities.
MJ: This is Letters and Politics, on Pacifica radio, I’m Mitch Jeserich. There’s been a lot of political turmoil in Europe not just in the past few days but in the past few weeks. After Britain voted to leave the European Union, global markets have taken a dive and the English pound has also seen its biggest devaluation in years, causing the UK government to move slower than reported and has even caused calls for a second referendum.