Colonial King II in Brussels. Tunnel named Leopold will be renamed

Colonial King II in Brussels. A tunnel named Leopold will be renamed.

The Brussels administration turned the African country Congo into a colonial region at the end of the 19th century, causing the death of millions of people. He called on the public for a name proposal to change the name of the tunnel named after Leopold. While making suggestions, it is demanded to attach great importance to gender equality, because according to official data, only six percent of Brussels streets bear women’s names.

Brussels government Transport Minister Elke Van Den Brandt said in a statement, “When we look at the history of the country, we see that Leopold II is a controversial name. Traces must be erased gradually. It is necessary to start somewhere.” said.

Many people, including human rights defenders, attended the Second World War in Brussels last June. He had dismantled the statue of Leopold.

The list of names will be submitted to the public vote.

Based on the suggestions of the public, the list of names will be prepared first, thanks to experts, including human rights defenders. Then the Brussels residents will choose one of the names from the created list. The result will be known in the coming months.

The tunnel under the renovation is expected to be put into service next year.

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