Slave uprising of resistance hero Tula commemorated, in Curaçao people hope for apologies

On Curaçao, the Slave Revolt of 1795 led by Tula was commemorated. It was on his initiative that some fifty enslaved people stopped working, leading to a major slave uprising on the island.

This year, for the first time, a delegation from the Dutch House of Representatives was present at the commemoration. A wreath was also laid.

The ceremony was attended by thousands of people, who had come to a call from the government. The story of Tula was told in Papiamento to those present at the monument.

During the commemoration, hardly any attention was paid to the presence of the Dutch delegation. But in the run-up to it, it was often mentioned, because Curaçao hopes for recognition, apologies and possible reparations from the Netherlands.

On 13 August, the parliamentary delegation began a nine-day working visit to Suriname, Curaçao and Bonaire. The research trip is intended to prepare for the 2023 commemorative year, when it will be 150 years since the Netherlands ended slavery.

Thousands of people were present at the commemoration:

In Curaçao, the MPs speak to residents of various neighborhoods about the impact of the slavery past. The delegation consists of nine MPs and is led by Kiki Hagen (D66). Among the participants are also group chairmen Klaver van GroenLinks and Simons van Bij1.

Afterwards, Hagen said that the visit will lead to a travel report that may also include recommendations for the Dutch government. She did not want to say what message will be in the report, except that it will be sharply worded.

On Curaçao, people are wondering what the Netherlands is waiting for. At the commemoration there was also a small group of protesters who accuse the Netherlands of a VOC/WIC mentality that would avoid excuses for the slavery past.