Statue of Belgian king who killed millions of Congolese taken down

Statue of Belgian king who killed millions of Congolese taken down

- Authorities in Belgium has removed the statue of King Leopold II from the the city of Antwerp

- King Leopold II committed atrocities in the Congo Free State (today the Democratic Republic of the Congo) when it was still a colony under his rule

- Millions of people were murdered in the African country at the behest of the Belgian king

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A statue of colonial Belgian king Leopold II has been removed from the city of Antwerp, Belgium.

The statue was removed following Black Lives Matter protests in some countries in the world occasioned by the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer, BBC reports.

Briefly.co.za gathers that under King Leopold II's reign, millions of people were murdered in the Congo Free State (today the Democratic Republic of the Congo).

On Monday, June 8, the statue was defaced with paint by anti-racist demonstrators.

Before now, campaigners in Belgium had been calling for monuments glorifying his memory to be removed.

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In other news, an 18-year-old boy identified as Antonio Gwynn Jr has been rewarded with a car and a college scholarship after spending 10 hours to clean up a street in Buffalo, New York.

Bailey Avenue in Buffalo was covered in glass and garbage after protests occasioned by George Floyd's death.

An organised group of neighbours arrived later to start cleaning up and realised that the teenager had already done most of the work.

Matt Block was impressed when he heard Gwynn's story and he decided to give him his prized 2004 red Mustang convertible.

After learning of Block's gift, a local businessman named Bob Briceland decided to extend a year of free auto insurance coverage through his insurance agency.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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