December 10, 2022

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At Desmond Tutu’s funeral, the South Africans paid homage to their last giant

He left quietly. Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Man of the Struggle Against Racism and Tireless Defender of Injustice, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 90, Wanted it. No stadium, no talks, some flowers. A few carnations in her little light pine coffin. As cheap as possible, he demanded. Saturday 1There is In January, South Africa bid farewell to its last giants at St George’s Anglican Cathedral in Cape Town.

Ideally, and almost cunningly against an epidemic background. Although some countries still exercise strict restrictions on trade with South Africa after the discovery of the Omigran variant in the country in November 2021, the only foreign leader to attend the ceremony was King Lesotho III of Lesotho. Despite the rain of tribute with the announcement of the Archbishop’s death, on December 26, 2021, the funeral of another South African legend, Nelson Mandela, was completely different, attracting more than 500 dignitaries. World in 2013.

“Many Nobel laureates see their brightness diminish over time, and he shines more and more strongly,” he said. However, Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, religious leader of the Anglican Church of Desmond Tutu, said in a video message aired during the ceremony, which was attended by hundreds, that health regulations were obligatory.

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Attending with former South African heads of state Thabo Mbeki and Galema Motlande, the current President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, summed up the Archbishop’s impression with two pictures. It is the opponent of the staunch activist Desmond Tutu “Armed police curve up to the tooth” During a demonstration in Cape Town in 1989 against the apartheid regime and the emotional pacifist who was in charge of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, he wept over the description of a veteran of the liberation struggle, and in 1996 the hands of the torture racist security services left him in a wheelchair.

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As the South African president has pointed out, the Nobel Peace Prize struggle is not over. Although the disease has made him more intelligent in recent years – he was diagnosed with cancer – Desmond Tutu simultaneously defended the cause of LGBTQ, worked against child marriage, supported the fight against HIV through a foundation, or called for a fight against climate change. “You can’t continue to be addicted to fossil fuels like there is no tomorrow, because there will be no tomorrow.” He wrote a column in 2014.

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