Upload
5,392

Subscription preferences

Loading...

Loading...

Working...

The Human Rights Channel on YouTube

IN DEPTH: Lonmin Mine Massacre

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...
Play all

Loading...

Sign in to YouTube

Loading...
Working...
to add this to Watch Later

Add to