Thousands in Belgium demand removal of statues of King Leopold II

As the country faces up to its controversial past, thousands of people in Belgium have demanded that the statues celebrating the reign of the nation’s former ruler, King Leopold II to be removed.

In the wake of the death of George Floyd in United States, a statue of Leopold has been taken down in Antwerp after it was repeatedly vandalized during Black Lives Matters protests.

All across the country roads, squares, statues and other public monuments are named after the monarch, who ruled over the country between 1865 and 1909. But his reign has now come under scrutiny, as the Black Lives Matters protests continued across several cities.

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