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Belgian king's brother defends ancestor Leopold II: 'He never went to the Congo'


Professional mess prince Laurent of Belgium decided to release a statement in response to a growing call to remove statues of his infamous ancestor Leopold II. This former Belgian king was responsible for millions of deaths and other atrocities in what was then the Belgian Congo, his private possession.

- "He never went to the Congo," Laurent told Belgian outlet Sudpresse in an interview published Friday. "I don't see how he could have made people suffer on the ground."

- He added: "You have to understand that there were many people who worked for Leopold II and those people really committed abuse, but that doesn't mean Leopold II did."



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