Nelson Mandela vigil in Trafalgar Square

A woman places flowers next to tributes left for Nelson Mandela at Trafalgar Square.
A woman places flowers next to tributes left for Nelson Mandela at Trafalgar Square. Credit: Reuters
People gather around a statue of  Nelson Mandela at Parliament Square.
People gather around a statue of Nelson Mandela at Parliament Square. Credit: Reuters

Anti-apartheid campaigners paid tribute to the man they spent decades trying to free at a Nelson Mandela vigil in central London.

Former members of the Anti-Apartheid Movement (AAM) spoke of their grief at his death and their relief that he was at peace after a long illness.

They and several hundred supporters gathered outside South Africa House in Trafalgar Square, which once played host to demonstrations against apartheid.

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