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Thu Jun 25, 2020, 02:10 PM

Belgium's King Leopold II has a 21st century nemesis. He's 14 years old

Noah, a slight teenager wearing jeans and sneakers, is dwarfed by the bronze statue of Belgium's King Leopold II astride a horse. The statue, set high on a concrete plinth, has stood opposite the Royal Palace in Brussels since 1926.

That could change soon. Armed only with history and an online petition, 14-year-old Noah is determined to bring Belgium's controversial "Builder King" crashing down.

Noah's parents are from what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the late 19th century, the country -- then personally owned by Leopold II -- was a place of extraordinary cruelty, where hundreds of thousands of Africans died in slavery.

"I feel belittled, because it is people of my origin and community who were killed," explained Noah, the statue of Leopold II towering above him. "For me when you put a statue of Hitler in Berlin, for me, that is like putting up a statue of Leopold in Brussels."

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Reply Belgium's King Leopold II has a 21st century nemesis. He's 14 years old (Original post)
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Jun 2020 OP
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malaise Jun 2020 #3
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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 02:12 PM

1. I'm surprised HE's not down long before. Horrible cruelty. nt

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Thu Jun 25, 2020, 02:13 PM

2. Today's Congo is a dreadful place still, esp for girls and women

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Thu Jun 25, 2020, 02:14 PM

3. Take all these monsters down

and stop supporting these symbols of white supremacy

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 02:15 PM

4. Cruel and mean because the power to be so was bestowed upon him.

He could not resist the temptation to crush those under his foot.

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