[Marxism] Class apartheid: Striking South African platinum miners gunned down

Jeff Goodwin jgoodwin.nyu at gmail.com
Thu Aug 16 11:05:44 MDT 2012


Reminds one of the bad old days in South Africa . . . Sharpeville, Soweto .
. .

At least 18 killed as S. African police open fire on thousands of striking
miners (PHOTOS)
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Published: 16 August, 2012, 18:46
[image: A policeman gestures in front of some of the dead miners after they
were shot outside a South African mine in Rustenburg, 100 km (62 miles)
northwest of Johannesburg, August 16, 2012. (Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko)]

A policeman gestures in front of some of the dead miners after they were
shot outside a South African mine in Rustenburg, 100 km (62 miles)
northwest of Johannesburg, August 16, 2012. (Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko)

At least 18 bodies were seen lying bloody and motionless on the ground
after local police opened fire on striking miners, a South African news
agency reports. Some of the protesters were allegedly armed with machetes
and spears.

The incident is believed to have occurred after police, in the process of
laying down barricades of barbed wire, were outflanked by a crowd of 3,000
demonstrators.

Nine people had been killed prior to Thursday’s clashes in a spate of
protest in the mining town, located northwest of Johannesburg. The platinum
mine, owned by Lonmin PLC, has been the focal point of protests over wage
disputes since last Friday.

Fighting intensified over the weekend when two police officers were killed.
Striking workers and local security guards have also been caught up in the
violence.

Some 3,000 police massed in the area on Wednesday, some wearing riot gear
and supported by helicopters. Demonstrators were reinforced on Thursday by
a group of women pledging to stand by their husbands in their demand for
increased wages.

Lonmin announced that the disruption means the company is unlikely to meet
its 2012 production targets.  Shares in the company have tumbled 6 percent
following Thursday’s violence, bringing total losses since the outset of
the strike to 13 percent.
[image: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko]
Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

[image: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko]
Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko
[image: A miner runs as they were shot at by the police outside a South
African mine in Rustenburg, 100 km (62 miles) northwest of Johannesburg,
August 16, 2012. (Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko)]
A miner runs as they were shot at by the police outside a South African
mine in Rustenburg, 100 km (62 miles) northwest of Johannesburg, August 16,
2012. (Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko)
[image: Policemen fire at striking miners outside a South African mine in
Rustenburg, 100 km (62 miles) northwest of Johannesburg, August 16, 2012.
(Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko)]
Policemen fire at striking miners outside a South African mine in
Rustenburg, 100 km (62 miles) northwest of Johannesburg, August 16, 2012.
(Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko)
[image: AFP Photo/Str]
AFP Photo/Str



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