Monday, October 27, 2008

Freedom for Nelson Mandela (South Africa)

Leading anti-apartheid campaigner, Nelson Mandela, was freed from a South African prison, on 11 February 1990, after 27 years. His release follows the relaxation of apartheid laws... including lifting the ban on leading black rights party the African National Congress (ANC) by South African President FW de Klerk.
Mandela appeared at the gates of Victor-Verster Prison in Paarl at 16:14 local time - an hour late - with his then wife, Winnie. Holding her hand and dressed in a light brown suit and tie he smiled at the ecstatic crowds and punched the air in a victory salute before taking a silver BMW sedan to Cape Town, 40 miles away.
People danced in the streets and thousands clamored to see him at a rally in Cape Town.

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