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Desmond Tutu, South African equality activist, dead at 90

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JOHANNESBURG – Desmond Tutu, South African racial justice and LGBT rights activist, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday. He was 90 years old.

Uncompromising enemy of apartheid – South Africa’s brutal oppressive regime against the black majority – Tutu worked tirelessly, but without violence, for its downfall.

The dynamic and outspoken clergyman used his pulpit as the first black bishop of Johannesburg and later Archbishop of Cape Town, along with frequent public protests to galvanize public opinion against racial inequalities both in his country and in the world.

Tutu’s death on Sunday “is another chapter of mourning in our nation’s farewell to a generation of exceptional South Africans who left us a liberated South Africa,” Ramaphosa said in a statement.

“From the sidewalks of the resistance in South Africa to the pulpits of the great cathedrals and places of worship of the world, to the prestigious setting of the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, l’Arche has distinguished itself as a non-champion. sectarian and inclusive of universal human rights. “

Tutu had been hospitalized several times since 2015, having been diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1997. In recent years, he and his wife, Leah, have been living in a retirement community outside of Cape Town.

Throughout the 1980s – when South Africa was embroiled in anti-apartheid violence and a state of emergency giving the police and military sweeping powers – Tutu was one of the black people. more prominent capable of denouncing abuses.

A sharp mind lightened up Tutu’s hard-hitting messages and heated up otherwise gloomy protests, funerals and marches. Small, courageous, tenacious, he was a formidable force, and the apartheid rulers learned not to neglect his astute talent for citing appropriate scriptures in order to harness just support for change.

The Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 underscored his stature as one of the world’s most effective champions of human rights, a responsibility he took seriously for the rest of his life.

With the end of apartheid and South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994, Tutu celebrated the country’s multiracial society, calling it a “rainbow nation,” a phrase that reflected the exhilarating optimism of the country. moment.

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