Fragment Spectres

Sven Augustijnen

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 Two excerpts from Every evening, we wired news to Brussels, an interview with Jacques Brassinne de La Buissière, conducted by Sven Augustijnen in Bossière (Belgium), on 3 February 2011, published in Spectres, pages 76, 78 and 90, 92 (Brussels, ASA Publications, 2011), accompanying the film with the same title. 

morning of 18 January 1961

The photograph published above is a picture taken in the morning of 18 January 1961 at the entrance of the SS Peter and Paul Cathedral of Elisabethville on the occasion of the Requiem Mass sung for four Belgian officers serving for the Katangese Gendarmerie and fallen in the Katangese seccession war—Major Collet, Major Van Damme, Capitan Smets, Lieutenant Williquet et Under Lieutenant Randour. More precisely it depicts the moment that the 5 coffins are carried inside the cathedral by soldiers of the Katangese Gendarmerie followed by the chaplain, Father Pierre Adam and his entourage. In the middle the flag bearer of the Katangese Gendarmerie is coming out of the cathedral with the Katangese flag, with on the right the fanfare of the Katangese Gendarmerie. On the left are standing the President of Katanga, Moïse Tshombe and his ministers Jean-Baptiste Kibwe, Godefroid Munongo, Gabriel Kitenge amongst others. Jacques Brassinne de La Buissière would state in his doctoral dissertation, Enquête sur la mort de Lumumba, in 1991 that the President and these ministers were present during the execution of Patrice Lumumba, Joseph Okito and Maurice M’polo in the evening of 17 January in the Katangese savannah.