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The King of the Belgians expresses “deep regret” for the “wounds” of Leopold II’s colonialism

June 30, 2020

King Felipe of the Belgians on Tuesday expressed his “deep regret” for the “wounds and humiliations” caused by his ancestor Leopold II’s colonialism in the Congo, which is the first sign of a Belgian monarch’s public condemnation to those caused during this period Damage.

In a letter to the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo), Felix Tshisekedi, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the country’s independence, the Belgian king assumes that the African country was a victim of “suffering” during the colonial period and humiliation “became” “

“I would like to express my deepest regret for the wounds of the past, the pain of which is being revived today through discrimination that is still present in our societies,” wrote Felipe in the letter, in which he avoided explicitly mentioning Leopold II , and also “violence and violence” evokes cruelty “of the independent Congo, which preceded the colonial period.

The King of the Belgians expresses “deep regret” for the “wounds” of Leopold II’s colonialismThe King of the Belgians expresses “deep regret” for the “wounds” of Leopold II’s colonialism

In this message to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the monarch defends the “deep friendship” and “intensive cooperation” that the two countries are experiencing today and believes that it is necessary for this cooperation to “be able to speak about it” “our long history with all the truth and serenity. “