Thursday, August 16, 2012

South Africa Police Open Fire On Miners

South African police have opened fire on thousands of striking miners near Lonmin's Marikana platinum mine.

A Reuters cameraman said he saw at least seven bodies on the ground at the scene.

Lonmin is the world's third largest platinum producer.

The most recent shooting happened when police laying out barricades of barbed wire were outflanked by some of an estimated 3,000 miners gathered on a rocky outcrop near the mine, 60 miles (100km) northwest of Johannesburg.

Police officers said talks with leaders of the radical Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) had broken down, leaving no option but to disperse them by force.

"Today is unfortunately D-day," spokesman Dennis Adriao said. Read More