Belgian King Expresses ‘Deepest Regrets’ for Brutal Colonial Rule


King Philippe of Belgium has expressed his “deepest regrets” for acts of violence and brutality inflicted during his country’s rule of Congo, as the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) marks the 60th anniversary of its independence.

The letter – to the DRC president, Félix Tshisekedi – has been described as historic in the Belgian media, as it is the first time a Belgian king has expressed regrets for the country’s colonial past, although it stops short of an apology.

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The Guardian