IN DEPTH: Lonmin Mine Massacre
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SOUTH AFRICA, AUGUST 2012 -- Thirty-four miners were killed on Thursday, August 16, when South African police forces opened fire on striking miners near the Lonmin platinum mine. The armed miners, who were demanding higher wages, had refused police orders to disperse after almost of week of already deadly striking. This event has implications for the citizens' rights to life, liberty and security; their freedom of peaceful assembly and association; and freedom from cruel treatment. The strike began Friday, August 10th, with rock drill operators demanding a pay raise from 4,000 Rand to 12,500 Rand. The violence has been a result of a union membership turf war between the dominant National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the newer Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU). Prior to the 16th, two police officers, two security guards, three protesters and two other men had been killed, in addition to a tenth body that was discovered on Tuesday, August 14th. After six days of protesting, the police resolved to end the violence on Thursday. Early in the day a leader of the AMCU made an appeal to the strikers to come down from the hill they were occupying and disperse, but his plea was not successful. When the protestors refused to disarm and disperse, the police fired tear gas and rubber bullets, and then live ammunition when a group of miners ran toward the police line. Reportedly 34 men were killed and 78 were injured. Investigations are currently underway to determine whether or not police actions can be considered legitimate self-defense. The nation is reeling following the incident, and the President has called for a seven-day national period of mourning. Some speculate the events will bring back memories of conditions under Apartheid -- some describe it as one of the worst displays of state violence since that regime ended in 1994. The mine owners issued several ultimatums stating that any workers who did not return to work would be fired, but repeatedly pushed back the deadline. Lonmin executive Mark Munroe said, "I don't think it's going to contribute to a more stable environment if Lonmin goes out and puts deadlines and ultimatums and says we will fire everyone if no one comes to work." For further information, please see: http://mg.co.za/article/2012-08-15-lonmin-mines-union-crisis-calms http://www.sabc.co.za/news/a/26d426804c5ed456b5dab5e0eede81ca/More-people-feared-dead-at-Lonmin-Mine-20121608 http://www.sabc.co.za/news/a/5f9c22804c614e4b9323b3c7dddb36cb/34-killed,-78-injured-in-Lonmin-violence:-Phiyega--20120817?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2012/08/201282175415884621.html http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/08/22/murder_in_marikana?page=0,0
SOUTH AFRICA, AUGUST 2012 -- Thirty-four miners were killed on Thursday, August 16, when South African police forces opened fire on striking miners near the Lonmin platinum mine. The armed miners, who were demanding higher wages, had refused poli...
Intro Card LonminAfter 6 days of deadly violence, police killed 34 striking miners during a protest The Human Rights Channel on YouTube Death toll rises at Lonmin mineNEWS, Aug 15: Ten people lost their lives as a result of a violent strike at Anglo-South African owned Lonmin platinum mineNEWS, Aug 15: Ten people lost their lives as a result of a violent strike at Anglo-South African owned Lonm... Eyewitness News Onmin by LonminRAW, Aug 16: Thousands of striking miners protest at Lonmin's Marikana platinum mine near Rustenburg, South Africa.RAW, Aug 16: Thousands of striking miners protest at Lonmin's Marikana platinum mine near Rustenburg, S... BeeldVideo eNCA | Marikana Strike BloodbathNEWS, Aug 16: A violent confrontation between striking mine workers and police at the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana left at least 34 people deadNEWS, Aug 16: A violent confrontation between striking mine workers and police at the Lonmin platinum mine ... eNCAnews Malema tells workers to join mining revolutionNEWS, Aug 30: Malema calls on workers to join 'mining revolution' Eyewitness News Zuma lonmin briefingNEWS BRIEF, Aug 17: President Jacob Zuma speaks at a news conference the day after SABC Digital News Marikana massacre protest, Parliament, Cape TownRAW, Aug 17: Protestors outside the South African parliament in Cape Town respond to the Lonmin Mine killings Peter van Heusden eNCA | Fear and Confusion Weigh Heavily on MarikanaREPORT, Aug 17: Tensions remain high in Marikana, a mining town near Lonmin, where little is know about the details of the violence the day beforeREPORT, Aug 17: Tensions remain high in Marikana, a mining town near Lonmin, where little is know about the... eNCAnews Lonmin mine - the womenRAW, Aug 17: Women protest outside the Lonmin mine the day after the massacre Karin Labuschagne South African president launches probe into mine killingsNEWS, Aug 17: Economic inequalities drive the continuing strike as the Marikana mine remains unoperational Al Jazeera English eNCA | SA Seeks to Understand Marikana MassacreANALYSIS: Journalists breakdown three different camera angles of the Lonmin Massacre in hopes of clarifying what took place on August 16ANALYSIS: Journalists breakdown three different camera angles of the Lonmin Massacre in hopes of clarifying... eNCAnews South African president launches probe into mine killingsNEWS, Aug 17: The police offer the rationale behind the extreme use of force Al Jazeera English eNCA | Zuma Announces Seven Days of Mourning for Slain MinersNEWS, Aug 20: Miners refuse to return to work until their demands are met eNCAnews eNCA | SA Seeks to Understand Marikana MassacreANALYSIS: The second half of a 3-camera breakdown of the events of August 16th eNCAnews Lonmin Memorial VIDEO.MOVRAW, Aug 23: A woman sobs as her friends and family try to console her at the Lonmin miner memorial MorneJKtv The memorial service at MarikanaLIVESTREAMED, Aug 23: Memorial Service at Marikana SABC Digital News eNCA | Victory for Lonmin Miners Short-livedNEWS, Sept 19: A settlement was reached to increase workers' wages, but the Lonmin company plans to close a mine and leave many unemployed.NEWS, Sept 19: A settlement was reached to increase workers' wages, but the Lonmin company plans to clo... eNCAnews