Belgium Congo Line
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Belgium ruled The Congo through indirect rule, controlled by Congo Public Forces, owned and operated by Belgium's officials.
Congo exported mostly ivory, rubber, and precious minerals, which were in high demand at the time. This allowed huge profit for Belgium, furthering their want for control of The Congo.
Life for the Natives
Most natives were forced into free labor. Many were slaughtered. Limbs were amputated as punishment of revolt. Women were raped constantly. The natives were treated very poorly, and were seen as lesser to Europeans. There were instances of decapitation, removal of limbs/appendages, and various torture techniques.
Congo's Resistance Movements
The inhumane policy implemented by Belgium caused many minor rebellions across The Congo. Almost all resistance movements were quickly silenced and slaughtered. The Belgium rulers would use the rebel's dead bodies as a warning for others to stay in line.
In 1960, The Congo began an independence movement began to separate from Belgium. The Congo had a large labor force that gathered together to gain independence from Belgium. The Congo became The Republic of Congo-Léopoldville.
Belgium in the Congo Genocide