Mandela's Free at Last! February 1990

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Mandela's Free at Last! February 1990 - After 27 years, Mandela's free at last! Black...
After 27 years, Mandela's free at last! Black activist emerges from prison a leader By The New York Times . The hair has gone gray, and the boxer's shoulders are shells under the awkward jacket. * The booming voice that had roared for justice in the 1960s became a gentle echo many years ago in his lonely cell. But amid the perils of South Africa's future, one thing seemed clear Sunday: The years of imprisonment had not broken Nelson R. Mandela. Emerging from Victor Verster Prison near Cape Town, the 71-year-old black nationalist leader — who had not been seen or heard publicly since the 1960s — raised his fist in a triumphant salute and spoke to a sea of cheering followers of their dignity and his dreams of "peace, democracy and freedom for all" in a new nation without apartheid. The face was like parchment and the voice was strained, but the passion was there. Power seemed to radiate from the lean old figure. Anyone could see that the years of prison had ravaged only the body, not the spirit. If anything, prison solidified his resolve and raised his stature as the embodiment of black liberation. .The government offered in recent years to release him for a promise of non-violence, but he refused, saying his freedom and that of his people were inseparable. And finally, President F.W. de Klerk had to make concessions to him to faring his release. The man once regarded by white South Africans as a threat to everything they prized (See Black, Page 7) Nelson and Winnie Mandela raise clenched fists Sunday after Nelson's release from prison in Cape Town, South Africa. Mandela says straggle must go on in S. Africa Front The Journal's Wire Services CAPE TOWN, South Africa — After 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela won his freedom Sunday. Mandela urged his supporters to increase pressure against the white minority government that released him. "We have waited too long for our freedom," Mandela told a cheering crowd from a balcony of Cape Town's old City Hall. "We can wait no longer. "Now is the time to intensify the struggle on all fronts. To relax our efforts now would On Page 8: • One of Mandela's daughters talks about her father. • The years take a toll on Nelson Mandela. be a mistake which generations to come will not be able to forgive." Mandela's 20-minute speech constituted his first remarks in public since before he was sentenced to life imprisonment in June 1964. He was sentence for conspiracy to overthrow the government and engage in sabotage. He asked the international community not to lift sanctions against South Africa, despite the recent changes introduced by President F.W. de Klerk. "To lift sanctions now would be to run the risk of aborting the process toward ending apartheid," Mandela said. Mandela's voice sounded firm and his words as eloquently militant as when he

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  1. The Salina Journal,
  2. 12 Feb 1990, Mon,
  3. Page 1

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