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Sun, 22 Dec, 2013 03:50:56 AM
FTimes-STT Report, December 22
Finns paid respect to late South Africa president Nelson Mandela in Helsinki on Saturday. Photo – Str / Lehtikuva.
People from different walks of life on Saturday paid tribute to the late anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela by recalling his activities and lighting candles in Helsinki Cathedral.
The mass gathering was attended, among others, by former president Tarja Halonen and International Development Minister Pekka Haavisto.
The people rushed to the Cathedral ignoring inclement weather and recalled the contribution of late Mandela in the capital city of Finland. 
Nelson Mandela, the first black president of South Africa and anti-apartheid revolutionary died on December 5 at the age of 95.
Photo – Str / Lehtikuva.
Mandela, born in 1918 to a rural family in South Africa, joined the African National Congress (ANC) party in the early 1940s.
From 1962, he spent 27 years in prison after being convicted of treason by the then white minority government in South Africa, only to forge a peaceful end to white rule by negotiating with his captors after his release in 1990.
He led the ANC, a long banned liberation movement, to a resounding electoral victory in 1994.
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