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So. Africa: 34 killed & at least 78 injured after police open fire on striking workers at Lonmin mine

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20 August 2012

[video] South Africa miners face Lonmin dismissal deadline

Author: BBC

Striking workers at the South African mine where police shot dead 34 miners…face a deadline to go back to work or face dismissal…Lonmin said 3,000 workers were striking illegally and must report to work on Monday. The company delayed the deadline from Friday in light of the killings at the Marikana platinum mine…Some miners said the new ultimatum was an insult to their dead colleagues…The workers are those doing maintenance work to ensure areas are safe for work to resume, Lonmin spokeswoman Sue Vey [said]…About 3,000 rock-drill operators (RDOs) at the mine walked out…in support of demands for higher pay. The strike was declared illegal by owner Lonmin…"The final ultimatum provides RDOs with a last opportunity to return to work or face possible dismissal," Lonmin said…"The safety and security of our employees is paramount and nobody will be asked to report for duty if the police consider them in danger of reprisals," chief financial officer Simon Scott said.

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17 August 2012

South Africa's Lonmin Marikana mine clashes killed 34

Author: BBC

Thirty-four people were killed after police opened fire on striking miners at a South African mine…the police chief has said. Riah Phiyega said police had been forced to shoot after armed protesters charged them, "firing shots", at the Marikana mine in the north-east. At least 78 people were injured in the confrontation, she added. Unions are demanding an inquiry into the incident - one of the bloodiest police operations since apartheid. The Lonmin-owned platinum mine has been at the centre of a violent pay dispute, exacerbated by tensions between two rival trade unions…The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) accused the police of carrying out a massacre.

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Author: Le nouvel Observateur [France]

Plusieurs mineurs grévistes ont été tués jeudi lors d'un violent affrontement avec la police à la mine de platine de Lonmin à Marikana en Afrique du Sud, où des violences liées à un conflit social avaient déjà fait 10 morts depuis dimanche...Le président de Lonmin, Roger Phillimore, a implicitement rejeté la responsabilité des affrontements meurtriers de jeudi sur les forces de l'ordre...M. Phillimore dans un communiqué...[declare que le groupe deplore] "profondément ces décès, dans ce qui est clairement une affaire d'ordre public plutôt qu'un conflit social", ajoute-t-il.

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16 August 2012

Casualties at South Africa's Lonmin Marikana mine

Author: BBC

Police in South Africa have opened fire on striking workers at the Marikana platinum mine in North West province. Two eyewitnesses...[said] they saw several bodies on the ground. The mine, owned by Lonmin, has been at the centre of a violent industrial dispute exacerbated by inter-union tensions. Earlier this week nine people died in clashes there.

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16 August 2012

[PDF] Lonmin Statement on Marikana

Author: Lonmin

Lonmin Chairman Roger Phillimore said: “We are treating the developments around police operations this afternoon with the utmost seriousness. The South African Police Service (SAPS) have been in charge of public order and safety on the ground since the violence between competing labour factions erupted over the weekend, claiming the lives of eight of our employees and two police officers. It goes without saying that we deeply regret the further loss of life in what is clearly a public order rather than labour relations associated matter.”

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