The police in South Africa have killed 34 striking miners of the Marikana platinum mines located some 60 miles north-west of Johannesburg, and the reason for the violence, as stated by the police commissioner Riah Phiyega is that the miners were armed and the police opened fire to only protect themselves.
It seems efforts to quell the disturbance by using stun grenades and water cannons failed to get the desired result, hence shots were fired.
This has been reported in guardian.co.uk of dated the 17th of August 2012.
The trouble started nearly a week earlier from a union rivalry in the Lonmin, which is the 3rd largest manufacturer of platinum in the world – the company had to close down its operations due to labor unrest and turf war.
The workers were demanding a pay hike to 12,500 rand (£976) a month and trouble erupted when the AMCU clashed with the dominant National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) of South Africa.
Presidenthas condemned the killings.
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