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Senegal renames slaving post: Europe Square now Freedom Square

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<p>Goree, an island in Senegal linked closely with slave trade, has decided to rename one of its main squares in response to the ongoing racism in the world. </p> <p>The municipal council unanimously agreed to rename the Europe Square, Liberty and Human Dignity Square. </p> <p>According to a statement from authorities, the move is in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests that have spread across the world, denouncing recurrent racial violence targeted at the black community.</p> <p>The movement was provoked by the death of George Floyd, a black American who was asphyxiated by a white policeman during his arrest in the United States.</p> <p>The 28-hectare island, situated two kilometres offshore from Dakar, was the largest slave-trading centre on the African coast between the 15th and 19th century, according to the UN’s cultural agency <span class="caps">UNESCO</span> </p> <p>Goree island is also registered by <span class="caps">UNESCO</span> as a World Heritage centre and act as a “symbol of human exploitation.”</p> <p>The Europe Square was inaugurated in 2003 by Mayor Senghor and the then President of the European Commission, Romano Prodi. The inauguration of Freedom Square – will include events to pay tribute to George Floyd and all victims of racial crimes.</p>
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