BELGIUM WATCH

Flanders oppressed since 1830

Flemish – Congolese solidarity

Today, a few days after the brutal murder of Floribert Chebeya , Congo’s  most prominent human rights activist, the country celebrated its 50 years of independence. Although endowed with vast reserves of gold, copper, cobalt and diamonds, Congo is still one of the world’s poorest nations. President Kabila who is ruling since 2006 was recently accused by the International Crisis Group as being authoritarian. In april Margot Wallstrom, the UN’s special representative on sexual violence in conflict, called Congo the “rape capital of the world.’ Today Amnesty international called the celebrations in murdering Congo hypocrite. King Albert II of Belgium and his wife Paola represented at the celebrations in Kinshasa the former colonial power, whose then monarch Leopold II annexed the vast African country in 1885 as his own personal property and is credited with its wholesale plundering. As a reaction on this royal visit Vlaams Belang (right wing Flemish party striving to Flemish independency) asked today in a press release to the Flemish parliament to take distance of the visit. The New Flemish Alliance of Bart De Wever already earlier expressed their antipathy for this visit. In Brussels this afternoon Congolese protesters were demonstrating against the celebrations waving the Flemish lion flag. Many Congolese living in Belgium are also seeing Walloon politicians as Louis Michel, André Flahaut, Didier Reynders and Armand De Decker  as supportive for the corruption in Congo and the regime of Kabila. Last week Louis Michel of the Walloon liberals even called mass murderer King Leopold II of Belgium a hero.

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30 June 2010 - Posted by | Belgium | ,

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