A worker helps to remove the vandalised statue of King Leopold II in Ghent, Belgium on Tuesday. Photo: AFPA worker helps to remove the vandalised statue of King Leopold II in Ghent, Belgium on Tuesday. Photo: AFP
A worker helps to remove the vandalised statue of King Leopold II in Ghent, Belgium on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

Belgian city removes bust of Congo coloniser King Leopold II

  • In unprecedented move, Belgium’s King Philippe expressed ‘deepest regrets’ for violence inflicted on Congo and its people in late 19th century
  • Leopold plundered the African country, forcing its people into slavery and leaving as many as 10 million dead
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A worker helps to remove the vandalised statue of King Leopold II in Ghent, Belgium on Tuesday. Photo: AFPA worker helps to remove the vandalised statue of King Leopold II in Ghent, Belgium on Tuesday. Photo: AFP
A worker helps to remove the vandalised statue of King Leopold II in Ghent, Belgium on Tuesday. Photo: AFP
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