Belgian King Philip apologizes for colonial history for the first time
According to the Agence France-Presse on the 30th, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), King Philippe of Belgium sent a letter to his president, Tsisekedi, for the first time for the Belgian colonization in DRC History apologizes.
Philippe wrote in his letter, "In the era of the'Congo Freedom', cruelty and violence made our common memory heavy. The subsequent colonial period also created pain and humiliation. Here I want to express my deepest apologies for these past traumas, and the discrimination that exists in our society today reopens these scars."
Philippe also emphasized in his letter that he will continue to work hard to combat everything Forms of racism, and Congress will be invited to reflect on this in order to eventually appease the memories of the past. According to Belgian media reports, Belgian Prime Minister Vermes will also make a similar statement on the same day.
DRC was part of the Kingdom of Congo in the 13th to 14th centuries. At the Berlin Conference from 1884 to 1885, it was classified as the “private land acquisition” of the King of Belgium, known as the “Congo Free State”. Later, it was renamed "Belgium Congo" in 1908, under the colonial rule of the Belgian government until independence was declared on June 30, 1960. (Headquarters reporter Zou Heyi)