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Crowds gather outside Mandela statue in D.C. to pay tribute

Friday, Dec 06, 2013 - 01:10

Dec. 6 - A makeshift memorial is growing at the base of the Mandela statue outside the South African Embassy in D.C. Linda So reports.

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Outside the South African Embassy in Washington, D.C., mourners came to pay tribute to the man who meant so much to them. SOUNDBITE: DEPUTY AMBASSADOR OF SOUTH AFRICA JOHNNY MOLOTO, SAYING: "Intellectually we tried to prepare ourselves, but emotionally it's going to take time to get over it." People came with flowers and placed them at the base of Mandela's statue. Some lit candles to honor the anti-apartheid leader. SOUNDBITE: EMBASSY VISITOR JAN SMART, SAYING: "I worked across the street at the New Zealand embassy during the apartheid protests in the 1980s here and saw how much that meant to Americans and how much he inspired people by sticking to his principles." Principles that broke down racial barriers through love and compassion. SOUNDBITE: EMBASSY VISITOR JAN SMART, SAYING: "The fact that he sat down with people from the opposite side of the fence who imprisoned him and tortured him and killed his people and we can't even talk across the aisle here, that's pretty sad, isn't it?" In the shadow of his statue, people took a moment to reflect on how Mandela's life changed theirs. SOUNDBITE EMBASSY VISITOR DIJON ANDERSON, SAYING: "For me it's freedom. For me it's a sense of, my boys can do a lot more things that they may not have had the opportunity to do." A legacy that will remain in the hearts and minds of generations touched by the former South African president.

Crowds gather outside Mandela statue in D.C. to pay tribute

Friday, Dec 06, 2013 - 01:10

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