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Sport Belgium: The king expresses for the first time "regrets" for his colonial past in the DRC

12:15  30 june  2020
12:15  30 june  2020 Source:   20minutes.fr

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The king of Belgium has become the country’s first reigning monarch to express regret over colonial wrongs “I would like to express my deepest regrets for these wounds of the past , the pain of which is Belgium , a former colonial power, and DRC , which gained independence from Brussels back in

Belgium 's King Philippe expressed his "deepest regrets " on Tuesday for his country's colonial rule over what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo ( DRC ). It is the first time a reigning Belgian monarch has conveyed regrets for the violence carried out during its colonial past .

The king also recognized that "discrimination" still persists in Belgian society

Le roi Philippe et la reine Mathilde, le 23 juin 2020 à Antwerp en Belgique. © DIRK WAEM / BELGA / AFP King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, June 23, 2020 in Antwerp, Belgium. MEMORY - The king also recognized that "discrimination" still persists in Belgian society

A first in the history of the Belgium . While the Democratic Republic of Congo celebrates 60 years of its independence, the King of the Belgians presented "his deepest regrets for the wounds" inflicted on the country during the Belgian colonial period, in what was then called the Congo.

In a letter to the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Félix Tshisekedi , King Philippe wrote: "I would like to express my deepest regrets for these wounds of the past, the pain of which is now rekindled by discrimination still present in our societies ”.

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Belgium has apologised for some of the abuses committed during its colonial rule in Africa. The injustices include banning mixed-race marriages and

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“Suffering and humiliation” in the Belgian Congo

“At the time of the independent state of Congo (when this African territory was the property of ex King Leopold II) acts of violence and cruelty were committed, which still weigh on our collective memory, "assured Philippe, who has reigned since 2013." The colonial period that followed (that of the Belgian Congo from 1908 to 1960) also caused suffering and humiliation, "he added. . King Philippe affirmed his commitment to "combat all forms of racism". "I encourage the reflection that has been initiated by our parliament so that our memory is definitively pacified," he continued.

In Belgium, the death of the African-American George Floyd, asphyxiated at the end of May by a white police officer in Minneapolis, has revived the debate on the violence of the colonial period in the Congo and the very controversial role of the late King Leopold II, accused by some anti-colonial activists for killing millions of Congolese.

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