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Barack Obama, hailing Nelson Mandela, chides other leaders who stifle dissent

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 - 6:02pm IST Updated: Tuesday, 10 December 2013 - 7:51pm IST | Place: Johannesburg | Agency: Reuters

US President Barack Obama hailed Nelson Mandela as a "giant of justice" on Tuesday but said too many leaders in the world claimed solidarity with his struggle for freedom "but do not tolerate dissent from their own people".

Obama, speaking at a memorial in Johannesburg for Mandela, made the comment in front of an audience of leaders that included Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao, Cuban President Raul Castro and Zimbabwe's president, Robert Mugabe.

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