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Desmond Tutu’s reaction to death

The world mourns Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a South African anti-apartheid hero who died at the age of 90.

South Africans, world leaders, and people around the world mourned the death of a man who is considered the moral conscience of the country. (AFP)

Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, a veteran in the fight against white minority rule, died at the age of 90.

Tutu became prominent in the 1980s due to his powerful role in emphasizing nonviolent protests and opposition to apartheid domination in South Africa.

His funeral is set for January 1st.

Below is the reaction to his death on Sunday.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

“The death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu is another chapter in our country’s farewell to the superior South Africans of the generation who left us with liberated South Africa.

“Desmond Tutu was an unequal patriot. He was a leader in principles and pragmatic principles that gave meaning to the Bible’s insight that workless faith is dead.”

US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden

“This morning after Christmas, we are heartbroken to see the death of God’s true servants and people, Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa.”

“His courage and moral clarity helped to stimulate our commitment to change America’s policy towards South Africa’s oppressive apartheid government.”

Vice President Kamala Harris of the United States

“Archbishop Desmond Tutu was an ardent and loud opponent of apartheid and a defender of human rights. He was for freedom and justice to millions of people not only in South Africa but around the world. I urged the fighting people to stand up. “

Nelson Mandela Foundation

“His contribution to the fight against injustice locally and globally is consistent only by the depth of his thoughts on creating the future of liberators for human society. He was an extraordinary human being. . Thinker. Leader. Shepherd. “

Vatican Telegram

“Pope Francis was saddened to know the death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. With his service to the gospel by promoting racial equality and reconciliation in his native South Africa, the Pope is omnipotent in his soul. God.”

Queen Elizabeth of England

“I am joining the entire royal family, who is deeply saddened by the news of the death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who constantly defended human rights in South Africa and around the world. I truly remember his encounter with his great man. . Warmth and humor.

“The loss of Archbishop Tutu will be felt by the people of South Africa, and by so many people in England, Northern Ireland, and throughout the Commonwealth, where he had a great deal of love and respect.”

United Nations Prime Minister Antonio Guterres

“I am deeply saddened by the death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He is a global figure for peace and justice, giving people around the world a voiceless voice and inspiration.

“We continue to draw power from his humanity, passion, and determination to fight for a better world for all.”

EU Foreign Policy Officer Josep Borrell

“Desmond Tutu has brought many benefits to the world. His legacy of apartheid and resistance to inequality lives on for South Africa and all humanity today.”

Dalai Lama, Tibetan spiritual leader

“The friendship and spiritual bond between us was what we valued. Archbishop Desmond Tutu is completely devoted to serving his brothers and sisters for greater common interests. Did.”

Martin Luther King’s daughter, Bernice King

“I’m sad to know the deaths of world-class sages, human rights leaders, and powerful pilgrims on Earth … we’re better because he was here.”

World Council of Churches

“His sense of infectious humor and laughter helped solve many critical situations in South African politics and church life. He was able to break almost all the deadlocks. He shared God’s laughter and grace with us many times. “

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

“He was a key figure in the fight against apartheid and the fight to create a new South Africa, and will be memorable for his spiritual leadership and uncontrollable humor.”

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, President of Mexico

“One of his sayings is simple, but powerful and true.” If you were neutral in a fraudulent situation, you chose the oppressor’s side. “

Palestinian resistance group Hamas Basim Naim

“Our Palestinian people have lost strong supporters of their march towards freedom and independence. Father Desmond Tutu has fought racial discrimination and protected human rights, especially in Palestinian lands. I spent my whole life in. “

Palestine Liberation Organization, Wasel Abu Yousef

“Father Desmond Tutu was one of the most advocates of the Palestinian cause. He always claimed the right of Palestinians to gain freedom and refused to occupy and apartheid Israel. “

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Desmond Tutu was the “light of guidance” for countless people around the world. “His emphasis on human dignity and equality will be remembered forever. I am deeply saddened by his death and express my heartfelt condolences to all his worshipers. His soul sleeps peacefully. like”

Zambian President Hakainde Hichirema

Desmond Tutu was “a brave son of the land of Africa who fought against the injustices of mankind.”

Tutu belonged to “a generation of selfless African leaders who bravely challenged apartheid and racial conquest injustices against Africans in South Africa and other marginalized people around the world.”

President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta

“Through his many years of outstanding work as a priest, freedom fighter and peacemaker, Archbishop Tutu has influenced a generation of African leaders who have embraced his non-violent approach to the liberation struggle. “


“We are all devastated,” said Mary Robinson, chair of The Elders, a group of world leaders co-founded by Tutu working for peace and human rights.

“He, in his peculiar wording, urged me to be a’prisoner of hope’,” said Robinson, the former president of Ireland.

“I lost my dear friend. The friend’s infectious laughter and mischievous sense of humor delighted and fascinated them all,” the elders said in a statement.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan

“We would like to express our deepest condolences for the death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a Nobel laureate who is a symbol of the anti-apartheid struggle and a close friend of human rights defender Nelson Mandela. His important role in liberation and national reconciliation will be in the future. Inspires the generation of. “

Source: TRT World and distributors

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