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King Philippe of Belgium speaks of ‘deepest regrets’ for colonial violence in DR Congo

June 30, 2020

The King of Belgium has expressed his "deepest regrets" for the violence carried out against what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo under colonial rule. King Philippe spoke out about the "painful episodes" and "suffering and humiliation" inflicted on Belgian Congo, the first time a sitting monarch has formally expressed remorse for the country's colonial past. In a letter addressed to the Congo president, the royal spoke about "wounds of the past" and said he was determined in“fighting all forms of racism”.