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South African Police Opens Fire on Striking Miners


Police in South Africa have opened fire during clashes with striking workers at the Marikana platinum mine, leaving at least seven people dead, witnesses say.

Police opened fire after miners carrying machetes defied an ultimatum to disarm, reports from the scene say.

The mine, owned by Lonmin, has been at the centre of a violent industrial dispute exacerbated by inter-union tensions.

Ten people had previously died as a result of clashes since last Friday.

During the clashes, missiles - thought to be either petrol bombs or grenades - were thrown at police, who responded by opening fire, eyewitnesses said.

"There are bodies on the ground; I saw one with a bullet wound on the forehead," one eyewitness told the BBC.

The recent violence was initially thought to have been triggered by a turf war between the long-established National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) a

Added: Aug-16-2012 Occurred On: Aug-16-2012
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Tags: south, africa, police, shoot, miners, strike
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