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King Of Netherlands Apologizes For His Country’s Role In Slavery

Dutch King Willem-Alexander apologized on Saturday for the Netherlands’ historic involvement in slavery and the effects that it still has today.

He made the apology during a ceremony marking 160 years since the end of slavery in the Netherlands and its colonies.

He acknowledged that slavery and the slave trade are recognized as a crime against humanity and that the Stadholders and Kings of the House of Orange-Nassau did nothing to stop it.

The country became a major colonial power after the 17th Century, holding territories across the globe, and Dutch slave traders trafficked more than 600,000 people.

Speaking at the Keti Koti Festival, marking the 160th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the country, King Willem-Alexander called the practice a “horror.”

His apology followed Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s apology late last year for the country’s role in the slave trade and slavery.

However, Rutte has not offered any compensation to descendants of enslaved people.

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