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Dutch leader apologizes for the Netherlands’ role in slave trade

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte apologized Monday on behalf of his government for the Netherlands’ role in slavery and the slave trade, in a speech welcomed by activists as historic but lacking in concrete plans for repair and reparations. 

“Today I apologize,” Rutte said in a 20-minute speech that was greeted with silence by an invited audience at the National Archive. 

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