December 6, 2013

World leaders, barrier-breakers react to Mandela’s death

International, national and state leaders express their admiration for Nelson Mandela

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A man lights a candle for Nelson Mandela outside South African High Commission in London, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Mandela, South Africa's first black president, died Thursday in Johannesburg, South Africa after a long illness. He was 95.

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Chellie Pingree

U.S. representative from Maine

“To lead an entire nation and to basically love the world when he came out (of prison after 27 years), I think that’s a testament to his will and his spirit and who he was.”

Tiger Woods

Professional golfer

Mandela engaged in one of the world’s most vital postwar tasks: dismantling the strong web of racist ideas, with which certain Western thinkers had sought for more than a century to rationalize the subjugation of others through colonialism, segregation and disenfranchisement.

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“The world has lost ... an inspiration to humanity today. Haiti will never forget this great leader.”

Laurent Lamothe

Prime Minister of Haiti, the world’s first black republic (1804)

“He conceived a model for mortal enemies to overcome their hatred and find a way through compassion to rebuild a nation based on truth, justice and the power of forgiveness. His passing should re-ignite a worldwide effort for peace.”

Paul Simon

Singer/songwriter who made Graceland tour in Africa

"God was so good to us in South Africa by giving us Nelson Mandela to be our president at a crucial moment in our history," Tutu said. "He inspired us to walk the path of forgiveness and reconciliation and so South Africa did not go up in flames."

Kofi Annan

Former U.N. secretary general

"As we remember his triumphs, let us, in his memory, not just reflect on how far we've come, but on how far we have to go."

Morgan Freeman

U.S. actor, who portrayed Mandela in the 2009 film, "Invictus."

"Mandela is not only the father of democracy in South Africa, but is also a symbol of democracy. And like any symbol, he is not dead. He is present in all of us and guides us by his lifestyle, his courage and faith in the true struggle for equality."

Michel Martelly

President of Haiti

"Mandela's message will not disappear. It will continue to inspire those fighting for freedom and to give confidence to people defending just causes and universal rights."

Francois Hollande

President of France

"I idolized him so much. He leaves a legacy that all of us should follow."

Franco Gaskin, 85, of Harlem

Artist who painted a mural of Mandela and remembers his visit in 1990

"I would like to express my extreme grief at the passing away of the man who stood for human rights and for equality in this world. He also made us understand that we can change the world. We can change the world by changing the attitudes."

Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar pro-democracy leader and fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureate

"A giant among men has passed away. This is as much India's loss as South Africa's. He was a true Gandhian. His life and work will remain a source of eternal inspiration for generations to come."

Manmohan Singh

Prime minister of India

"While the world may never see another Nelson Mandela, he has inspired countless men and women throughout the world to live more courageous and honest lives."

Tony Abbott

Prime minister of Australia

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