Leopold II bust pulled from pedestal in Brussels

In the Brussels’ municipality of Auderghem, a bust of former Belgian King Leopold II was pulled from its pedestal last night.

The statue stood near the Place du Souverain, confirmed a spokesperson of the local Marlow police zone (Uccle/Auderghem/Watermael-Boitsfort). Unknown perpetrators pulled the statue to the ground and splashed it with red paint.

A photograph of Patrice Lumumba, the first prime minister of the independent Congo, who was later murdered, was placed on the pedestal where the statue stood, according to the Belga press agency. The photograph, however, has since been removed.


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