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Nelson Mandela: International Freedom Fighter

To commemorate the death of Nelson Mandela, teleSUR looks back at some of the political figure's most iconic moments.

Nelson Mandela, as the leader of the African National Congress, led the decades-long struggle against South African apartheid. The racist state finally was toppled and Mandela became its first democratically-elected president in 1994.

Imprisoned for nearly three decades for his fight against white minority rule, Mandela played a pivotal role, while in prison and when he was finally released in 1990, in bringing Black South Africans into political power.

He died on Dec. 5, 2013, at the age of 95.

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Mandela, pictured in the early 1960s, before he was sentenced in 1964.
Mandela, pictured in the early 1960s, before he was sentenced in 1964. Photo:Reuters
Mandela, center, stands amid a gathering of other co-defendants during the Treason Trial.
Mandela, center, stands amid a gathering of other co-defendants during the Treason Trial. Photo:Barry Von Below
Mandela married his second wife, Winnie, in 1958, during which time he was being tried for treason.
Mandela married his second wife, Winnie, in 1958, during which time he was being tried for treason. Photo:Wikimedia Commons
Mandela, accompanied by his former wife Winnie, moments after his release from prison February 11, 1990.
Mandela, accompanied by his former wife Winnie, moments after his release from prison February 11, 1990. Photo:Reuters
Mandela stares out of the window of the prison cell he occupied on Robben Island for much of his 27 year incarceration, February 11, 1994.
Mandela stares out of the window of the prison cell he occupied on Robben Island for much of his 27 year incarceration, February 11, 1994. Photo:Reuters
Mandela and Oliver Tambo meet for the first time after 28 years on March 12, 1990.
Mandela and Oliver Tambo meet for the first time after 28 years on March 12, 1990. Photo:Reuters
Mandela traveled to Cuba in 1991 to thank Fidel Castro and the Cuban people for their concrete help in the fight against apartheid.
Mandela traveled to Cuba in 1991 to thank Fidel Castro and the Cuban people for their concrete help in the fight against apartheid. Photo:Reuters
Mandela and Yasser Arafat greet each other in Cairo, 1990.
Mandela and Yasser Arafat greet each other in Cairo, 1990. Photo:Reuters
Nelson Mandela and his wife Graca Mandela attend a luncheon to celebrate his 90 birthday in 2008
Nelson Mandela and his wife Graca Mandela attend a luncheon to celebrate his 90 birthday in 2008 Photo:EFE
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Rwanda's President Paul Kagame of Rwanda pays his respects to the the late President of South African Nelson Mandela as his body lies in state Photo:EFE
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