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Dutch Central Bank Director apologizes for link to slavery

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FILE - Dutch Central Bank President Klaas Knot, right, arrives at the Prime Minister's residence for a meeting with European Central Bank President Mario Draghi in The Hague, Netherlands, Monday April 15, 2013. Knot apologized Friday, July 1, 2022 for the institution's involvement in the 19th-century slave trade, the latest apology in the Netherlands linked to the country's historic role in the trade in enslaved people.
File-Governor Klaas Knot of the Central Bank of the Netherlands arrives at the Prime Minister's Office on the right for a meeting. Increasingly with Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank, in The Hague, the Netherlands, on Monday, April 15, 2013. Knot apologized for the agency's involvement in the 19th century slave trade on Friday, July 1, 2022. The role of enslaved people in trade. Photo: Peter Dejong/Associated Press

Amsterdam (AP) — The Dutch Central Bank Director on Friday Apology Regarding the institution's involvement in the slave trade in the 19th century, the latest expression of resentment in the Netherlands was related to the country's historical role in the trade of enslaved people.

The apology took place at the founding anniversary event to commemorate the abolition of slavery in the Netherlands, as well as in recent years from the major Dutch cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht. There was a movement of.

The De Nederlandsche Bank was involved in the Atlantic slave trade between 1814 and 1863, and when the Netherlands abolished slavery, including members of the Central Bank's board of directors at the time, the farm's I admitted that I paid the owner compensation.

Bank president Klaas Knot said at a rally in Amsterdam:

He added: "I apologize to all those who have been reduced to their skin color for many personal choices, including my predecessor.

The bank has increased its rank diversity and inclusiveness, "$ 5 million ($ 5.2 million) for a project aimed at reducing the modern negative effects of 19th century slavery." ) Announced a series of steps, including the establishment of a fund. "

Knot's apology occurred just one year after Amsterdam Mayor Femke Harsema apologized for the role of the Dutch capital in slave trade. I did. In April, the Dutch bank ABN AMRO also apologized for its historic link to slavery in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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