Belgian king apologises to DR Congo for colonial-era cruelty

Belgian King Philippe expressed regrets for the acts of cruelty committed during the years that his ancestor, Leopold II, presided over what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

60 year old monarch also apologized for the suffering and humiliation discriminations caused after the end of Leopold II’s administration of the Congo Free State (1885-1908) when the country became Belgian Congo.

DRC marks the 60th anniversary of the declaration of independence from its former colonial power on Tuesday.

Millions of Africans died during Belgium’s bloody colonial rule. Historians estimate that the population of the Congo Free State may have estimated to around 10 million people during the years Leopold II presided over the territory as his private property which so much inhumane characteristics.

It is also told that “The country and its people were exploited for natural resources, including rubber”.

After the violent death of African-American George Floyd in police custody in the U.S., there have also been demonstrations against racism in Belgium in recent weeks.

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