This Day In History

Police open fire, killing 34 striking mine-workers at Marikana

Thursday, 16 August 2012
Police opened fire killing 34 striking mine workers at Marikana, North West Province. During this fateful event 78 people were left wounded while more than 250 people were arrested. The protesting miners were demanding a wage increase at the Lonmin platinum mine. This was the biggest incident of police brutality since the dawn of democracy and it revived memories of brutality suffered under Apartheid security police. ..
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