Belgian King Voices Regret for Colonial Violence in Congo

BRUSSELS—Belgium’s king expressed regret for the millions of deaths and mutilations Congolese people suffered during his country’s colonial rule, in a historic first that was prompted by Black Lives Matter protests but stopped short of a formal apology.

Belgium is one of several European countries, including the U.K. and the Netherlands, where a colonial past and systemic racism have come under intense criticism in recent weeks during mass demonstrations for racial justice sparked by the police killing of George Floyd, with…

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