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The shocking truth about Belgium’s King Leopold II and his reign of terror & genocide in the Congo

Published on Nov 6, 2016

“Recommended further reading – http://amzn.to/2zaQHn1http://amzn.to/2xGHWjg Documentary that reveals the shocking true story about how following his acquisition of the Congo region in Africa at the Berlin Conference in 1884 (Scramble for Africa}. King Leopold II of Belgium turned Congo into its private colony between 1885 and 1908. Under his control, Congo became a Slave labour camp of shocking brutality. Leopold posed as the protector of Africans fleeing Arab slave-traders but in reality, he carved out an empire based on terror to harvest rubber. Families were held as hostages, starving to death if the men failed to produce enough wild rubber. Children’s hands were chopped off as punishment for late deliveries. Leopold turned the country into one massive labour camp where the rubber was stripped with murder, amputation, mutilation and other unspeakable acts used to control and dominate the country. The Belgian government has denounced this documentary as a “tendentious diatribe” for depicting King Leopold II as the moral forebear of Adolf Hitler, responsible for the death of 10 million people in his rapacious exploitation of the Congo but the truth is that between 1880 and 1920 the population of the Congo did indeed fall from approximately 20 million to 10 million.”