Belgium is set to name a square in Brussels after late Congolese independence hero Patrice Lumumba, the first public place in the former colonial power to honour him, an official said Tuesday.
Brussels mayor Philippe Close said that the local council would vote next Monday on his proposal for the tribute to Lumumba, who was assassinated in 1961.

The socialist mayor told RTBF radio he was “extremely proud” to end what he called a “taboo” in Belgium after years of efforts by the Congolese community for some kind of memorial to Lumumba. “On June 30, Brussels, for the first time, while have a Patrice Lumumba Square, that will happen at the local council and we are extremely proud to acknowledge that,” he said. A square in the Matonge area, the heart of Brussels’s vibrant Congolese community, will be named after Lumuba and a plaque erected there in his honour, Close said.

“This is an area everyone knows, which has a very deep symbolism for our community. It’s a great victory,” Lydia Mutyebele, a local socialist councillor who led the project, told AFP.

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