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AFP
August 4, 2020

Protests damage statue of Belgian king outside museum

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AFP
August 4, 2020

BRUSSELS: A bust of late Belgian king Leopold II, who exploited the country´s brutally-run former central African colony as a personal estate, has been vandalised for a third time. Ruling the Belgians between 1865 and 1909, Leopold II was revered at home as the builder of his country, but his legacy came under the spotlight this year as anti-racist protests spread around the world.

During his reign, the land that was then the Belgian Congo and is now largely in the Democratic Republic of Congo was run for his profit and millions of Africans were killed, tortured or died of the hardship of forced labour. When “Black Lives Matters” protests erupted this year triggered by anger in the United States at the latest police killings of unarmed black suspects, Leopold´s many monuments were targeted.

The latest incident is thought to have taken place late Friday, when a statue of Leopold outside the Africa Museum just outside Brussels was once again daubed in blood-red paint.