BELGIUM honours Patrice Lumumba
Belgium honours DR Congo independence hero
BBC – Unknown Patrice Lumumba was an African nationalist and DR Congo’s first prime minister
Campaigners say Belgium has taken a step towards acknowledging its dark colonial history by renaming a city square after the assassinated Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba.
Hundreds cheered as “Bastion square” in Brussels’ largely Congolese neighbourhood of Matongé was officially renamed “Patrice Lumumba square” in a ceremony at the weekend. Some of Patrice Lumumba’s relatives were there.
Belgium, the former colonial power, has apologised for playing a role in his death.
Several speakers at the event criticised the fact that elsewhere in the city statues to Belgium’s King Leopold II are still visible, despite the brutality of his rule over Congo in the late 19th and early 20th Century.
A Belgian campaign group tweeted these photos showing the new plaques, saying that it was important to insert African historical figures into public spaces because it made their legacy “visible and timeless” for future generations.
—— AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax Canada Time AST) on: July 02, 2018 at 06:04PM