32CSM Statement on the Death of Mandela

6 Dec

From http://www.32csm.net

The 32 County Sovereignty Movement would like to express deep sadness at the death of Nelson Mandela.
Nelson Mandela was a true freedom fighter and an anti-apartheid revolutionary who spent 27 years in prison for his beliefs. He spent his life fighting inequality, poverty, racism and the right-winged politics that existed in South Africa.
He became involved in anti-colonial politics and rose to prominence in the ANC. He was subjected to endless harassment because of his political beliefs and was arrested in 1962, convicted of sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the government. He was handed down a life sentence.
Released in 1990 after mounting pressure from international groups, he contested elections in 1994 and became the first black President of South Africa, with the ANC taking 62% of the vote.
During his term in office he brought about national reconciliation among white and black South Africans, tackled the AIDs crisis, boosted employment, basic needs that were denied due to apartheid brought about and social welfare for all citizens of South Africa was introduced.
Nelson Mandela has been a symbol for freedom throughout the world for many years and Irish Republicans will continue to fight the colonial injustices that exist in our country until the imperialist British Army leave our shores.
RIP Nelson Mandela

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