Statue of Leopold II falls to ALM campaign.

The Belgian city of Antwerp removed a statue of the colonialera leader King Leopold II in June, days after it was defaced by anti-racism protesters.

During one of the recent protests inspired by the Black Lives Matter campaign from the US, protesters in Brussels climbed a statue of the king waving the Democratic Republic of Congo flag and chanting "murderer".

Leopold, who has been called the Butcher of Congo, is known for using present-day DRC as his personal bank fiefdom, forcing thousands of citizens to harvest and process ivory and then rubber.

His administration was characterised by atrocities such as amputating the arms of women, men and children who did not meet the rubber quota.

Reuters reports that two online petitions had been launched seeking to remove his statues.

Elsewhere across the country, his statues were defaced with red paint; signifying blood for the atrocities that his reign unleashed in the Congo.

In the city of Ghent, a bust of Leopold II was covered in red paint and daubed with "I can't breathe."

Another statue was set on fire near the city of Antwerp.

A 14-year-old boy only identified as Noah was behind one of the petitions, which continue to gather signatories.

It calls for the removal of all statues, stressing that a multicultural Brussels, capital of the EU, has no place for such a personality.

"We are minors and do not wish to reveal our identities.

This is why we are looking for an Organization ... to represent us," the initiator told Reuters.

History says millions of Congolese are estimated to have died between 1885 and 1908.

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