Thursday, May 15, 2008

Belgian Atrocities

Leopold II

Leopold II (1835 – 1909)) was King of the Belgians, and a first cousin of Queen Victoria.

Leopold II was reported to be a client of Mary Jeffries's "Rose Cottage" flagellation house and brothel in Hampstead, London.[1]

(The Belgian monarchy was reportedly linked to the Dutroux scandal and other scandals - BBC News EUROPE Belgian king wins paedophile rebuttal / Chateau des Amerois - Mother of Darkness Castle )

Victim of the Belgians

Leopold II was the founder and sole owner of the Congo Free State, now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

One white officer described a raid to punish a Congolese village that had protested against Belgian actions. The white officer in command: "ordered us to cut off the heads of the men and hang them on the village palisades, also their sexual members, and to hang the women and the children on the palisade in the form of a cross." (Mass crimes against humanity in the Congo Free State

Victims of the Belgians

As the BBC points out, the Congolese learnt from the Belgians.

"Congo's soldiers have never moved away from the role allocated to them by Leopold - as a force to coerce, torment and rape an unarmed civilian population." - (BBC NEWS Africa King Leopold's legacy of DR Congo violence)

According to Wikipedia, "The extraction of rubber and ivory in the Congo relied on forced labour and resulted in the massacre and mutilation of millions of Congolese (roughly half the population at the time).

"He ran the Congo as his personal fiefdom; for him it was a business venture...

"As Adam Hochschild describes in King Leopold's Ghost, France, Germany and Portugal were quick to adopt the Congolese methods in those parts of their colonies where natural rubber occured, imposing a similar death toll on the natives." (Leopold II of Belgium - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Belgian UN troops admit to 'roasting' Somali boy