Seven hundred people took over Brussels City Hall at the end of January to launch the celebrations of the cinquantenaire (fiftieth anniversary) of Congolese independence in Belgium. Fabien Kusuanika interviewed some of those who attended. Cheik fita did a great job summarizing the event.
The word "cinquantenaire" should off course immediately remind all of us of Belgium's own Cinquantenaire in 1880. King Leopold II, who played an extremely ugly role in the history of Congo, even built a parc for the celebrations, the "Parc du Cinquantenaire", or in Dutch "JubelPark" (Translated this means "parc of wild celebration"). The celebration website rdcongo50.be and video of the launch event were put online last week.