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Vigil for 10 Million Congolese killed for minerals

Belgian Embassy, London. Wed 17 Jan 2018



 Protesters hold posters opposite the Belgian Embassy and expalin why they protest

 Belgium was the harshest of the colonising powers, with King Leopold ordering the death of 10 million Africans

 Ten million have also died this century as fighting continues while mining companies take vital mineral from the

 country, including Coltan. Every mobile phone, laptop and other smart devices need the minerals from the Congo

 and Western policies continue to murder Africans to obtain them cheaply.

 Patrice Lumumba, the first elected President of the Congo was killed only a few months after independence

 along with his colleagues Joseph Okito and Maurice Mpolo. The order to 'eliminate' him was given to the

 CIA by US President Eisenhower, and the made several unsuccesful plots.

 In the end it was Belgian and Katangan officers who shot the three men on January 17th 1961, dismembering their

 bodies and then dissolving the parts in an acid bath provided by the CIA. 'Genocide is the real price of I-phones'

 
     
 You can just see the protesters reflected in the shining brass embassy nameplate

 

 

 

 

 Although there were only a small group present opposite the embassy, the protest was being live-streamed to

 thousands in the Congo and Congolese around the world - as well as to the few who walked past - and a few stopped to listen

 

 

 The protest paused while the speaker changed batteries and I took advantage of this to photograph some of the other posters.

 Apple - and other hi-tech companies rely on Congo's minerals for their wealth - and Western governments and some

 companies keep the kind of violence that killed Lumumba, Okito and Mpolo going to retain cheap access to the essential minerals.

 Africa is the richest continent in terms of mineral wealth, but continues to be looted. COngo is the poorest country in the world.

 and others profit from its wealth, while many Congolese are killed or starve or die through lack of medical facilities.

 

 The speech continues

 

 a building worker - one of many in the area - walks by

 

 

 

 

 

At the end of the event the group posed for one of them to take pictures

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