Belgo-Congolese journalist: It’s time to reckon with “the real colonial past of Belgium”


Democracy Now!

Published on Jul 9, 2020

After decades of denial, Belgium is having an overdue reckoning with its brutal colonial history. King Philippe recently issued an unprecedented statement “expressing regret” for Belgium’s brutal colonial rule in Congo under Leopold II, who ran the country as his personal fiefdom and under whose command millions of Congolese were enslaved and killed. “It’s an erased history,” says Belgo-Congolese journalist and activist Gia Abrassart. She says colonial abuses are directly linked to the mass movement today fighting against racism in countries around the world.

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