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Photo taken from Hürriyet website

Photo taken from Hürriyet website

According to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Senegal should send a monument depicting the final moments of a Senegalese slave’s life back to France.

During a visit today to Goree Island, the main destination for slave trading in history, the prime minister voiced his opinion on a statue originally sent from France.
 
Erdoğan was visiting Goree as part of his tour of Africa when he was shown the statue. Upon seeing the figures Erdoğan stated simply that they should be sent back, but failed to elaborate on why.
 
“This statue should in fact be sent back to France,” Erdoğan said.
 
Erdoğan started his African tour Jan. 6 in Gabon. Turkey will sign several bilateral agreements with the three African countries during Erdoğan’s tour, which is designed to provide concrete steps to further develop Turkey’s relations with the continent.

January/10/2013

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Christensen Niels

1/14/2013 8:42:42 PM

The statue should be placed in Ankara. Muslims like Erdogan always forget the muslim ( arab and ottoman ) part of the slave trade.

mara mcglothin

1/11/2013 12:08:37 AM

Does anyone else see that this is a triumphant stance of freedom? Free at last kind of pose? Perhaps we should send the Statue of Liberty back to France since she has a crown instead of a headscarf? Because you know that RTE's problem has nothing to do with slavery, but the matter of the woman's attire, or lack there of.

Halis Saithan

1/10/2013 5:34:08 PM

Senegal is no longer a slave nation, and a statue reminding them of the atrocities they've suffered is a good idea, but it's an insult and shameful thing to be reminded of. It should be placed in front of the presidential office in France.
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