South African Police Open Fire On Striking Lonmin Miners


South African police open fire on striking miners armed with machetes and sticks at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine, killing at least a dozen men in the deadliest episode of a week of union violence. The SAPA domestic news agency says one of its reporters counted 18 bodies after the shooting near a squatter camp close to the mine, which occurred when police laying out barricades of barbed wire were outflanked by some of an estimated 3,000 miners massed on a rocky outcrop near the mine, northwest of Johannesburg. (August 16, 2012)

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