Caribbean divided as Netherlands mulls slavery apology


              FILE - The National Monument Slavery Past by Erwin de Vries in  Amsterdam, Netherlands is seen in this Dec. 10, 2020 file photo. The Netherlands is expected to issue a national apology for its brutal slavery past when Dutch officials visit their former Caribbean colonies in late Dec. 2022. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)
            
              FILE - A machete used for cutting sugar cane is displayed at the Slavery exhibition Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Netherlands in this May 17, 2021 file photo. Netherlands is expected to issue a rare apology for its brutal slavery past, possibly becoming one of the few countries in the world to do so. But before Dutch officials even set foot in their former Caribbean colonies next week, activists and officials already have taken offense about not being asked for input and have complained about the timing of the potential moment of reckoning. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)
            
              FILE - Tronco, or multiple foot stocks used to to constrain enslaved people, are seen at the Slavery exhibition Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Netherlands in this May 17, 2021 file photo. The Netherlands is expected to issue a national apology for its brutal slavery past when Dutch officials visit their former Caribbean colonies in late Dec. 2022. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)
            
              FILE - The controversial painting on the Golden Carriage is seen as the carriage is displayed at the Amsterdam Museum in Amsterdam in this Jan. 19, 2022 file photo. The Dutch king ruled out Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, using in the near future the royal family's Golden Carriage, one side of which is decorated with a painting that has drawn fire from critics who say it glorifies the Netherlands' colonial past, including its role in the global slave trade. The Netherlands is expected to issue a national apology for its brutal slavery past when Dutch officials visit their former Caribbean colonies in late Dec. 2022.(AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)
            
              FILE - A man pays his respects at the National Slavery Monument after Mayor Femke Halsema apologized for the involvement of the city's rulers in the slave trade during a nationally televised annual ceremony in Amsterdam, Netherlands, July 1, 2021, marking the abolition of slavery in its colonies in Suriname and the Dutch Antilles on July 1, 1863.  The Netherlands is expected to issue a national apology for its brutal slavery past when Dutch officials visit their former Caribbean colonies in late Dec. 2022. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)
            
              FILE - Wreath laying at the National Slavery Monument after Amsterdam Mayor Femke Halsema apologized for the involvement of the city's rulers in the slave trade during a nationally televised annual ceremony in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Thursday, July 1, 2021. The Netherlands is expected to issue a national apology for its brutal slavery past when Dutch officials visit their former Caribbean colonies in late Dec. 2022. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)
Caribbean divided as Netherlands mulls slavery apology