Belgian king expresses ‘deepest regrets’ over DR Congo colonial past


A vandalised statue of King Leopold II of Belgium in Brusselson June 10. A petition has been launched for the removal of his statues across the country. – EPA pic, June 30, 2020.

BELGIUM’S King Philippe expressed his “deepest regrets” for the harm done during Belgian colonial rule in DR Congo, in a first for his country.

“I want to express my deepest regrets for these wounds of the past whose pain is reawakened today by the discrimination still present in our societies,” Philippe said today in a letter to DR Congo President Felix Tshisekedi to mark the country’s 60th independence anniversary.


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