MARIKANA, South Africa — South African police opened fire on Thursday against thousands of striking miners armed with machetes and sticks at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine, leaving more than a dozen bloodied corpses lying on the ground.
South Africa’s SAPA news agency reported at least 18 bodies lying near the Wonderkop squatter camp after police opened fire on thousands of striking miners.
Police officers said talks with leaders of the radical Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) had broken down, leaving no option but to disperse them by force.
“Today is unfortunately D-day,” spokesman Dennis Adriao said.
Ten people, including two policemen, have died in nearly a week of fighting between rival worker factions at the mine, the latest platinum plant to be hit by fallout from an eight-month union turf war in the world’s main producer of the precious metal.
On Wednesday, up to 3,000 police officers, including…
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