Watch: South African Police Open Fire on Striking Miners, Killing Some, Wounding Others
The South African police gunned down striking miners, killing some and wounding others, after failing to get protesters to disperse during a strike.
The Washington Post reports:
Police declined to offer casualty figures after the shooting at the Lonmin PLC mine near Marikana, a dusty town about 70 kilometers (40 miles) northwest of Johannesburg. However, police ministry spokesman Zweli Mnisi acknowledged late Thursday some of the miners there had been killed as more police and soldiers surrounded the hostels and shacks near Lonmin’s shuttered platinum mine.
The South African police have not, however, answered the question of why they chose to open fire on protesters with machine guns. The strike at the Lonmin platinum mine in northern South Africa had already turned violent, with skirmishes between two rival unions, the National Union of Mineworkers and the more radical Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), whose supporters have brandished guns, machetes, spears and clubs. At least 10 people have already died due to fighting between these two unions.
Earlier, police had vowed that today was the day they would end the violence and disperse the protesters.
Lonmin Chairman Roger Phillimore said in a statement: “We deeply regret the further loss of life in what is clearly a public order rather than labor-relations-associated matter.” The company shut down production after striking workers walked out, demanding a tripling of their wages.
Many in South Africa also believe the Zuma African National Congress government is partly to blame for the frustrations of black South Africans because it is corrupt and allows whites to run the economy. With revolution festering in many countries around the globe, it seems that Africans are becoming increasingly frustrated with puppet governments who only exist to do the bidding of the West.
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