Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith said:
"It is impossible to overstate the legacy of Nelson Mandela. Quite simply, he changed the world and in doing so gave hope to millions that even in the face of crushing injustice a better future was possible.
"Not only did he lead the people of South Africa to freedom, in overthrowing apartheid and returning his country to the family of Nations, he provided the most powerful example possible for all who are committed to the cause of social and economic justice.
"He was an inspiration to me and to millions across the globe. He was an astonishing and remarkable human being - a man of great wisdom, dignity, fortitude, integrity and compassion. He endured decades of persecution with the same strength and courage he demonstrated in reaching out to his persecutors.
"Nelson Mandela embodied all that is good in humanity.
"He was a revolutionary leader who became a President and the greatest statesman we have even known.
"He did his duty and his long walk is over. Ours continues emboldened by his example.
"Nelson Mandela – Madiba - Rest in Peace."
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NOTES ACTSA Scotland calls upon people in Glasgow to assemble at 5.00pm tonight, Friday 6 December 2013 in Nelson Mandela Place to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela.