Patrice Lumumba square unveiled in Brussels

A square next to Porte de Namur has been officially renamed in honour Patrice Lumumba, the assassinated former Congolese prime minister.

Earlier this year the City of Brussels voted to name a square in the politican’s honour and place a commemorative plaque at the site, which is a stone’s throw from the Matonge district. A piece of artwork will also be commissioned for the square

Lumumba was the first lawfully elected premier of the Democratic Republic of Congo and is seen as a hero across Africa for his role in the continent’s struggle for independence.

He was deposed in a coup 12 weeks after his June 1960 election, and subsequently arrested and assassinated by the Katangan state, a Congolese break-away movement supported and funded by the Belgian state.


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