chain of hands on Leopold 2

27.06.10

During the sunny Sunday afternoon of this 27 June a few youngsters climbed on the statue of king Leopold II in Brussels, just behind the royal palace, in order to put up a chain of hands. Hands in black and brown to commemorate the atrocities of the colonial period, when hands were cut of in order to increase the production on rubber plantations in Congo. The chain was crocheted by some members of the Knitta-gang Tricot-trottoir. A representative of the Congolese centre Espace Matonge gave as her comment: ‘The strong message of this action is to overcome the horrors of the past and to finally build a better future together for the populations of both Belgium and Congo.’