King of Belgium, Phillippe has expressed his deepest regrets for his country’s past colonial abuses ravaged on the peopleof Congo. The reigning monarch made his comments known in an official letter addressed to Congo’s current President Felix Tshisekedi on their 60th independence anniversary.
History told us how millions of Africans died in Central Africa during Belgium’s colonial bloody rule. In wake of George Floyd’s brutal murder which sparked series of protests in the United States and around the world, the people are Belgium were not excluded. They also demonstrated and even got the statues of Belgium’s colonial ruler King Leopold II vandalised. Authorities in Antwerp have totally removed the statue of the king from the public square. More than 10million Africans are said to have died during his reign. The recent King Phillippe is the descendant of the 19th century ruler.
The king wrote “I would like to express my deepest regrets for these injuries from the past, the pain of which is now revived by the discrimination still too present in our societies. I will continue to fight all forms of racism. I encourage the reflection that has been initiated by our parliament so that our memory is definitely pacified” king Phillippe stated in his letter to president Tshisekedi and to the people of Dr. Congo