South African Miners Fired on by Police



Author:
Al Jazeera English
Publisher:
Al Jazeera English
Publication Date:
16 August 2012
Tags:
South Africa, Mining, Conflict, Peace and Security, Legal and Judicial Affairs

South African police opened fire and dispersed a crowd of striking miners at the Lonmin mine in the North West province after issuing an order to the protesters to lay down their machetes and sticks. Al Jazeera's Tania Page reports.



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