Balkenende condemns Dutch role in slave trade
Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende condemns slave trade but stops short of apologising for the slave trade.2 July 2008
AMSTERDAM - Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende condemned the slave trade but stopped short of apologising at the Slavery Remembrance Day ceremony in Amsterdam on Tuesday
The ceremony, which took place in Amsterdam's Oosterpark, marked the abolition of slavery in the Netherlands 145 years ago.
Representatives from the Netherlands Antilles, Aruba, Surinam and Ghana laid wreaths at the slavery monument.
It was the first time that a Dutch Prime Minister has attended the slavery commemoration.
Balkenende said it was "a shameful period and a stain on the Dutch character". He also drew the audiences' attention to the different forms of slavery, such as child labour, that continue to be practised all over the world today.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]
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