Bust of Leopold II of Belgium, Ghent

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A bust of Leopold II of Belgium has been on display in the Zuidpark in Ghent for many years.[1] As awareness of Leopold II's genocidal reign in Congo became widespread, public pressure grew to remove the statues of him in Belgium, and the bust was repeatedly defaced.[2] On June 30, 2020, during the George Floyd protests in Belgium, part of the global George Floyd protests, it was removed from its location, to be stored in a warehouse.[3] The date of its removal was also Congo's independence day.[1]

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Other articles of the topic Belgium : 1987 Belgian Super Cup, 1991 Belgian Super Cup, List of prime ministers of Belgium by age, 1993 Belgian Super Cup, Aide en milieu ouvert, Ideology of Tintin, 1985 Belgian Super Cup

Other articles of the topic Visual arts : Trapezoid E, Bust of Cristiano Ronaldo, Clément Bérini, Intersection (sculpture), Graphic designer, Kyoorius, Alexis Marcou
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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Leopold II bust removed in Ghent on Congo's Independence Day". The Brussels Times. 2020-07-01. Retrieved 2020-07-01.
  2. "Belgian king offers 'deepest regrets' for Congo atrocities". The Mercury News. 2020-06-30. Retrieved 2020-07-01.
  3. "Belgium removes statue of king responsible for deaths of up to 10 million Congolese". www.abc.net.au. 2020-06-30. Retrieved 2020-07-01.



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