On the 60th anniversary of DR Congo independence, Belgian king sends letter of 'regret'
Belgian King Philippe sends letter of 'regret' as DR Congo celebrates 60 years of indepence from the colonizing power. Is it enough?
In a letter to President Tshisekedi to mark the 60th anniversary of Congolese independence, King Philippe has conveyed his sorrow for "acts of violence and cruelty" and the "suffering and humiliation" inflicted on DRC.
60 years after independence, traces of the system of exploitation and violence that Leopold II and colonial-era Belgium created still remain in DR Congo. The propensity for violence is inherited, experts say.
Next week marks the Congo's 60th anniversary of independence from Belgium. In the wake of Black Live Matters protests, the Congolese diaspora wants concrete action to keep their community issues in the spotlight.
The statue was daubed with paint during protests over the weekend. The monument to the former king has long been a target due to his brutal rule in Belgium's African colonies.
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