The Reading / Listening - King Leopold II Statue - Level 2

Anti-racism protestors in Antwerp, Belgium covered a statue of former King Leopold II in paint. The city then pulled the statue down. The king ruled from 1865 to 1909. He ruled the Congo Free State in Africa for 23 years. Hundreds of protestors cheered as workers took the statue off its stand. City officials will probably put the statue in a city museum. One official said: "The square where the statue stood will be redesigned in 2023. There will be no room for it there afterwards. It will remain part of the museum's collection."



Over 64,000 people signed an online petition on Tuesday. They want more people to know about what happened in the Congo. The petition said: "In the space of 23 years, this man killed more than 10 million Congolese without ever having set foot in the Congo." A newspaper said these deaths led to the first use of the term, "crime against humanity". Leopold made a huge personal fortune from the rubber plantations he owned. Over 8,000 people signed a different petition. They believe he was not a "slave king". They say the people who ran the Congo caused the millions of deaths.

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Sources
  • https://www.dw.com/en/belgium-king-leopold-ii-statue-removed-in-antwerp-after-anti-racism-protests/a-53755021
  • https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/06/leopold-ii-belgium-antwerp-remove-statue-200609133037080.html
  • https://www.okayafrica.com/black-lives-matter-protests-belgian-statue-removed-from-square/
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leopold_II_of_Belgium


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. a statue of former
  2. The city then pulled
  3. Hundreds of protestors
  4. workers took the statue
  5. put the statue
  6. The square where
  7. There will be
  8. It will remain part of the
  1. the statue stood
  2. off its stand
  3. museum's collection
  4. King Leopold II
  5. no room for it
  6. cheered
  7. in a city museum
  8. the statue down

Paragraph 2

  1. 64,000 people signed an
  2. without ever having set foot
  3. crime
  4. Leopold made a huge
  5. rubber
  6. Over 8,000 people signed a
  7. They believe he was
  8. people who ran the Congo caused the
  1. personal fortune
  2. not a "slave king"
  3. in the Congo
  4. millions of deaths
  5. different petition
  6. against humanity
  7. online petition
  8. plantations

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Anti-racism protestors in Antwerp, Belgium (1) ___________________ of former King Leopold II in paint. The city then (2) ___________________ down. The king ruled from 1865 to 1909. He ruled the Congo Free State in Africa for 23 years. Hundreds of protestors (3) ___________________ took the statue off its stand. City (4) ___________________ put the statue in a city museum. One official said: "The square where the (5) ___________________ be redesigned in 2023. There will be no room for it there afterwards. It will (6) ___________________ the museum's collection."

Over 64,000 people signed (7) ___________________ on Tuesday. They want more people to (8) ___________________ happened in the Congo. The petition said: "In the space of 23 years, this man killed more than 10 million Congolese without ever (9) ___________________ in the Congo." A newspaper said these deaths led to the first use of the term, "(10) ___________________". Leopold made a huge (11) ___________________ the rubber plantations he owned. Over 8,000 people signed a different petition. They believe he was not (12) ___________________. They say the people who ran the Congo caused the millions of deaths.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Anti-racismprotestorsinAntwerp,BelgiumcoveredastatueofformerK
ingLeopoldIIinpaint.Thecitythenpulledthestatuedown.Thekingruled
from1865to1909.HeruledtheCongoFreeStateinAfricafor23years.Hu
ndredsofprotestorscheeredasworkerstookthestatueoffitsstand.City
officialswillprobablyputthestatueinacitymuseum.Oneofficialsaid:"T
hesquarewherethestatuestoodwillberedesignedin2023.Therewillbe
noroomforitthereafterwards.Itwillremainpartofthemuseum'scollect
ion."Over64,000peoplesignedanonlinepetitiononTuesday.Theywan
tmorepeopletoknowaboutwhathappenedintheCongo.Thepetitionsai
d:"Inthespaceof23years,thismankilledmorethan10millionCongoles
ewithouteverhavingsetfootintheCongo."Anewspapersaidthesedeat
hsledtothefirstuseoftheterm,"crimeagainsthumanity".Leopoldmad
eahugepersonalfortunefromtherubberplantationsheowned.Over8,0
00peoplesignedadifferentpetition.Theybelievehewasnota"slaveking
".TheysaythepeoplewhorantheCongocausedthemillionsofdeaths.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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