The king of Belgium for the first time in history denounced the colonization of the Congo

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Belgium’s King Philip has sent to the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Felix tshisekedi, following his letter in which he regretted the “suffering and humiliation” brought by Europeans to its residents during the colonial administration. This is the first time in history, when the ruling monarch, expressed this spirit of the colonies, Reuters reports.

the Letter was timed to the 60th anniversary of the independence of the Congo.

From 1908 to 1960, is now an independent state existed as a Belgian colony, and before that for 23 years was the property of king Leopold II. Philip stressed that in that period the population of the country was subjected to a special “violence and humiliation”. He stated that he “will continue to combat all forms of racism.” In the last week in Congo was demolished several statues of Leopold II in the backdrop of protests against racism in the United States.

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