To Protest Colonialism, He Takes Artifacts From Museums – Congolese activist Mwazulu Diyabanza is on trial for theft in France after walking off with a 19th Century African artifact from the Quai Branly Museum.

“The fact that I had to pay my own money to see what had been taken by force, this heritage that belonged back home where I come from — that’s when the decision was made to take action,” said Mr. Diyabanza in an interview in Paris this month.

Describing the Quai Branly as “a museum that contains stolen objects,” he added, “There is no ban on an owner taking back his property the moment he comes across it.”

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