Monument to King Leopold II, Brussels

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  • Returning from the European Parliament saw the monument near the Park, have come to see that it is installed, the King of Belgium Leopold pravivshemu from 1865 to 1909 a year. During his reign many laws favorable impact on improving the lives of the population, especially the working class. But in Congo, his "business" and the genocide of local population led to the deaths of many millions of people. Ambiguous identity. Especially do not need to go to him, but if he caught you on the path, then you can approach.
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  • Monument to Leopoldo II, one of the first genocide of humanity, a King who looked the greatness of his people at the expense of others. Part of the hidden story that Belgium is ever shall openly, if raisins over there deserves to find out a bit about the history.
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  • Monument that honors a famous and historic character that left in Belgian history... is located next to the Royal Palace.
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  • Leopold II is a more complex figure for the history of Belgians than just the genocial maniac he's made to be. Under his rule Belgium saw [more] railways, regulations on workplace reform, and male suffrage among other things. Located between the Coudenberg Palace and the European Parliament on a small plaza, the statue gives passers-by time to reflect on Belgian history (the occupation of Belgium by Charles V/Spain) on the way to its future (some would say the "occupation of Belgium" by the EU dictate). Side note: A lot of the one star reviews seem to be very politically motivated, which is regrettable. Considering it's a very plain statue, I'd have given it 3 stars if it weren't the fact I had to balance out these kind of biased reviews. I can only warn those people that if we do not learn to look at history with an critical, objective POV, we are bound to be misled and fall for the same mistakes of the past.
  • a K/D ratio with which the only possible emotional responses are admiration and inspiration
  • we shouldnt forget our history but we should remove the honouring of great genocide. a shame, put on blast in the spotlights at night. it does not feel right. remove it
  • always check the history of a guy that stands proudly on a horse.
  • A monument to genocide tiran that murdered over 10.000 people in Former Congo Belga. Belgium should have to destroy it.
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