Posted at: 12/13/2013 7:32 AM
Thousands Line up to See Nelson Mandela's Body Lying in State on Final Day
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - The South African government says the time allotted may not allow all the people in line to file past the casket of anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela.
The body is lying in state for the third and final day today, and the government says nearly 100,000 people have gathered in a line that was miles long by some accounts.
In one waiting area in Pretoria, people pushed open a gate that the police had closed, shouting that they wanted to see Mandela. Some fell to the ground as the crowd surged, and several were slightly injured.
A government spokeswoman says about 24,000 were able to view Mandela's casket yesterday, meaning most of those in line are unlikely to have the chance to see his body. She says there's no possibility of extending viewing hours past 5 p.m. because Mandela's family had requested that the body not be transported after dark.
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