"The Belgians didn't bring civilization to Congo — Belgium came to steal." Art historian Anne Wetsi Mpoma sets the record straight on her country's colonial past.
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.
More than 10 million Africans died when the king ruled over the Congo from 1885 to 1908. Now, Antwerp has become the first Belgian city to remove a statue of Leopold II — but not for the reason that activists had sought.
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.
We are currently witnessing a reckoning with dictators and racists of long-gone eras, such as Leopold II of Belgium. But resistance to present-day examples of such individuals is rare, says Alexander Görlach.
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