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Belgium Renames Square After Patrice Lumumba In an Attempt to Address Its Colonial Past

But is the act alone enough to atone for Belgium's history of violence against Lumumba and the people of the Congo?

On Saturday, the Belgian government named a square after the late Congolese revolutionary Patrice Lumumba, who it helped overthrow in a bloody coup in 1961, just months after Lumumba was named the first prime minister of a newly liberated Congo. The leader would have been 93 today.

As reported in the New York Times, an area formerly known as Square du Bastion, located near the neighborhood of Matonge—home to one of the country's largest Congolese populations—was renamed Square Patrice Lumumba to mark the Congo's 58th independence day on June 30.

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