Book of Negroes burnt at slavery monument

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A copy of the was set on fire at the slavery monument in Amsterdam on Wednesday afternoon. Roy Groenberg, Chairperson of the Foundation for Honour and Recovery, says the book is insulting and hurtful. In the presence of 30 - mainly Surinamese - protesters, a copy of the title page was lit as a symbolic gesture.

Within the Surinamese community, a debate has begun about the Dutch translation of the novel by Canadian author Lawrence Hill. In the United States, Australia, and New Zealand, the book is titled . Mr Groenberg would have prefered the Dutch publisher to choose a different title for the translation.

The book tells the story of a young African girl who is taken to America as a slave and later freed by the British. She - along with 3000 other people - is entered into the historical . The book, an actual historical document, is an archive of freed Loyalist slaves who requested permission to leave the United States in order to resettle in Nova Scotia.

Organisers of the book burning promise to hold another book burning outside the publisher Ailantus in Amsterdam if the name is not changed.

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