US Father Killed, Son Begs for Life in Botched DRC Coup Attempt

US Father Killed, Son Begs for Life in Botched DRC Coup Attempt
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In a shock­ing turn of events, an attempt­ed coup in the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Repub­lic of Con­go (DRC) has result­ed in the death of one Amer­i­can and the arrest of sev­er­al oth­ers, includ­ing the son of the pur­port­ed coup leader. The failed putsch has shone a light on the Unit­ed States’ long­stand­ing involve­ment in the min­er­al-rich Cen­tral African nation.

The inci­dent unfold­ed in the Con­golese cap­i­tal of Kin­shasa, where a group of armed men, report­ed­ly includ­ing three Amer­i­can cit­i­zens, attempt­ed to over­throw the gov­ern­ment of Pres­i­dent Felix Tshiseke­di. Chill­ing footage cap­tured the moment two of the plot­ters were seized as they tried to flee the coun­try across the Con­go Riv­er, with one beg­ging for his life as he lay bleed­ing in the street.

The younger of the two, 21-year-old Mar­cel Malan­ga, had accom­pa­nied his father, Chris­t­ian Malan­ga, a for­mer refugee from Utah, to lead the coup. Chris­t­ian Malan­ga was killed dur­ing the clash­es, while Mar­cel and two oth­er Amer­i­can co-con­spir­a­tors, Ben­jamin Zal­man-Pol­un and an uniden­ti­fied third indi­vid­ual, were arrested.

The failed coup attempt has fueled sus­pi­cions of U.S. involve­ment, giv­en the coun­try’s his­to­ry of clan­des­tine oper­a­tions in the region. In the 1960s, the CIA was heav­i­ly involved in the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Repub­lic of Con­go, then known as Zaire, work­ing to keep a pro-West­ern gov­ern­ment in pow­er and even plot­ting to assas­si­nate the coun­try’s first demo­c­ra­t­i­cal­ly elect­ed leader, Patrice Lumumba.

More recent¬≠ly, in 2020, a failed attempt to over¬≠throw Venezue¬≠lan Pres¬≠i¬≠dent Nico¬≠las Maduro was linked to a for¬≠mer U.S. Green Beret, Jor¬≠dan Goudreau, who claimed he had been entrust¬≠ed by the State Depart¬≠ment with ‚Äúpro¬≠tect¬≠ing oil inter¬≠ests‚ÄĚ in the country.

The DRC’s vast min­er­al wealth, includ­ing reserves of cobalt and oth­er crit­i­cal resources for the glob­al green ener­gy tran­si­tion, has made the coun­try a focus of inter­na­tion­al atten­tion and com­pe­ti­tion. How­ev­er, the coun­try has also been plagued by vio­lence and human rights abus­es per­pe­trat­ed by war­ring mili­tias vying for con­trol of these lucra­tive resources.

As the inves­ti­ga­tion into the failed coup attempt con­tin­ues, the inci­dent serves as a stark reminder of the com­plex geopo­lit­i­cal dynam­ics at play in the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Repub­lic of Con­go and the endur­ing influ­ence of the Unit­ed States in the region. The out­come will be close­ly watched, as it could have far-reach­ing impli­ca­tions for the coun­try’s frag­ile polit­i­cal land­scape and the ongo­ing strug­gle for con­trol over its nat­ur­al resources.

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