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Daemon
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Democratic Republic of Congo Independence Day

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) gained independence from Belgium on this day in 1960. It had been a Belgian colony since 1907, and powerful movements had struggled for self-rule since the 1950s. The people celebrated the first independence day with fireworks and bonfires in the capital city of Léopoldville (now Kinshasa). More...
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Independence Day – Democratic Republic of the Congo
Patrice Lumumba, USSR stamp, 1961




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"I ask you to make this June 30, 1960, an illustrious date that you will keep indelibly engraved in your hearts, a date of significance of which you will teach to your children, so that they will make known to their sons and to their grandchildren the glorious history of our fight for liberty."


Patrice Lumumba, first Prime Minister of the Congo, Independence Speech


http://everydaysaholiday.org/independence-day-democratic-republic-of-the-congo/
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Growing up in Belgium, I admired the triumphant landmarks and roads that king Leopold II built. Sad to say it cost literally blood, sweat and tears, and a genocide, from the Congolese people at the rubber plantations. I learned that only years later. Rubber was needed for cars, and so fortune was made by the rubber export from Congo to the "civilized" world. Call it a cynical view, but decennia later, that car park killed many Belgians in return, by means of car accidents and direct air pollution. Hm, well ... everything you do returns to you, and I hope it counts for positive deeds, too. http://cas1.elis.ugent.be/avrug/leopolds/catalo.htm (in Dutch)
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Some people feel that the Congolese people have very little to celebrate. Since independence: corruption, dishonest elections, poverty, civil wars, brutality, disease.
TheParser
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monamagda wrote:


Patrice Lumumba, first Prime Minister of the Congo, Independence Speech





Some historians believe that one or two Western nations were responsible for his assassination. The West feared that he was a Communist.
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