“Resist, and I will shoot”

While George was an officer working for the UN in the Congo in 1960, his platoon was guarding a radio station as Congo Premier Lumumba tried to enter to make a broadcast. George remembered the situation as being “quite confusing”, and not heroic at all. Lumumba raised his arms, thinking he was being arrested, and George remembered pulling them down again in an attempt to calm the situation. George was quite embarrassed at the media coverage that then resulted in the UK. The story made most of the daily papers. He said he did not remember saying “resist, and I will shoot”, for example, as quoted in this front page Daily Mirror story (click to zoom):


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