|BSP demands apology for 229 years of slavery|
|Thursday, 13 June 2013 11:34|
WILLEMSTAD — In letters to King Willem-Alexander and the Dutch premier Mark Rutte (VVD) the local peace movement Ban Sembra Pas (BSP) demanded that the Netherlands apologize for 229 years of slavery on Curaçao. The organization sent these letters after it initially requested the government of Curaçao to demand an apology from the Netherlands. However, this request was never honored, according to BSP.In the letters to King Willem-Alexander and Premier Rutte, BSP mentioned the year of Tula, which was announced recently by the government of Curaçao.
BSP also mentioned Tula’s leading role with the slave revolt of August 17th 1795. According to the peace movement, from 1634 to the abolition of slavery in 1863 Curaçao was one of the largest slave depots of the West India Company (WIC).
“Tula’s battle is commemorated on Curaçao on August 17th. The island government of Curaçao declared Tula national hero on August 16th 2010. Within the framework of commemorating the abolition of 150 years slavery on Curaçao on July 1st 2013, we respectfully request His Majesty to use you influence so that the government of the Netherlands will finally sincerely apologize for the 229 years of slavery on Curaçao”, BSP wrote in its letter to King Willem-Alexander. However, in the letter to government of the Netherlands, BSP specifically requested that the former apologizes.
According to BSP, an apology from the government of the Netherlands will close the darkest chapter in the history of mankind, and mark a new beginning for a new friendship between Curaçao and the Netherlands. The request to Premier Rutte was also addressed to him in his capacity has chairman of the National Council of Ministers, while Willem-Alexander was addressed as ‘king of all citizens in the Kingdom of the Netherlands’.