Zambia: 2 Chinese mine managers charged over the shooting of 11 miners who were protesting about poor pay and conditions.

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19 October 2010

China In Zambia: One Step Too Far

Author: Andrea Hotter, Wall Street Journal

Eleven miners at the Chinese-owned Collum coal mine in Zambia’s Sinazongwe district are recovering after being shot and seriously wounded allegedly by Chinese nationals running the mine. Two are in critical condition...China’s role in Africa has been well-documented, and it’s not been all bad...It’s the way China has done it that’s attracted negative criticism...[also refers to China Nonferrous Metal Mining (Group) Co. Ltd]

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18 October 2010

Zambia charges Chinese bosses after miners shot

Author: Reuters

Police in Zambia charged two Chinese mine managers on Monday with attempted murder in connection with the shooting last week of 11 miners protesting about poor pay and conditions, an official said. The pair worked at Collum Mine Ltd, 325 km (200 miles) south of the capital, Lusaka. Police said on Friday they were investigating whether people associated with the mine's management fired on the men during a confrontation over wages...Collum Mine supplies coal to mines in the Copperbelt and to Zambia's largest cement producer, a unit of France's Lafarge.

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