"Regrets" of the King of the Belgians on colonization: "A very significant first"

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A statue of the former King of the Belgians Leopold II targeted at Brussels, Belgium, June 7, 2020. Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP

By: Guillaume Naudin Follow

"I would like to express my deepest regrets for these injuries of the past, the pain of which is today revived by the discrimination still present in our societies," wrote King Philippe of Belgium, on the day of the 60th anniversary of the independence of the DRC. In Belgium, the death of George Floyd, asphyxiated at the end of May by a white police officer in Minneapolis, in the United States, has revived the debate on the violence of the colonial period in the Congo. To talk about it, Amandine Lauro, qualified FNRS researcher at the Free University of Brussels. 


Amandine Lauro is co-author of the book Le colonial colonial: une histoire en question , published by La renaissance du livre.

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  • Philippe of Belgium
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