South Africa’s Lonmin Marikana Mine Clashes Killed 34

Thirty-four people were killed in clashes between police and striking miners at a South African mine on Thursday August 16th.

Police opened fire after failing to disperse strikers armed with clubs and machetes at the Marikana mine.

The Lonmin-owned platinum mine has been at the centre of a violent pay dispute, exacerbated by tensions between two rival trade unions and the incident is one of the bloodiest police operations since apartheid.

Violence had already killed 10 people, including two police officers, since the strike began a week ago.

Police were sent to break up some 3,000 miners who had gathered on a hillside overlooking Marikana to call for a pay rise of about £636 a month.

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) accused the police of carrying out a massacre, saying there was no need whatsoever for these people to be killed like that said General Secretary Jeffrey Mphahlele.

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