Watch TV-reports in English and French: S. Africa police open fire on striking miners La police sud-africaine tire sur des mineurs en grève, plusieurs morts – Lonmin threaten to sack striking SAfrican miners – Afrique du Sud : 3000 mineurs en grèves sur fond de lutte intersyndicale meurtrière –

Police officers surround the bodies of miners after opening fire on a crowd at the Lonmin platinum mine in South Africa on Thursday.

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video-report in French


Up to 18 people have reportedly been killed after South African riot police opened fire on striking miners armed with machetes and sticks at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine.

Heavily-armed officers were laying out barbed wire barricades when they were outflanked by some of the 3,000 miners in what appears to be the deadliest episode of a week of violence between rival unions.

Before this clash, ten people including two policemen, had died in fighting at the mine, the latest platinum plant to be hit by an eight-month turf war in the world’s main producer of the precious metal.

The strikers have not made their demands explicit, although much of the bad blood stems from a dispute between the established National Union of Mineworkers and fledgling Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union.

The unrest has forced Marikana’s London-headquartered owner to halt production at all of its South African operations, which account for 12 percent of global platinum output.

Tensions between striking miners at a platinum plant near Johannesburg, the police and mine owners Lonmin, increased on Wednesday when a court ruled the industrial action illegal.

The 3,000 rock drill operators must now choose whether to return to work or continue their wage dispute and face the sack.

The police and the military have continued their presence at the mine but the strikers claim not to have a quarrel with them.

“We work hard with the machines we use, but we cannot afford to send our kids to school. All we want is money. Even though they have sent the police here, there is no point, because we are not fighting against anybody. All we want is money,” said one miner.

But the wildcat pay strike which began last Friday has turned into a deadly standoff. Ten people have been killed in what has also become a tussle for power within the platinum industry between rival unions.


Attention, ces images peuvent choquer : cela se passe en Afrique du sud. Pour disperser une manifestation de mineurs, la police a ouvert le feu. Il y aurait une douzaine de morts, selon des sources sur place. La police n’a pas encore donné de bilan.

Les forces de l’ordre s‘étaient déployées afin de disperser un rassemblement d’ouvriers en grève. Certains étaient armés de barres de fer et de machettes. Ils s‘étaient regroupés ce jeudi matin, à l’extérieur de la mine.

Ce drame aggrave un peu plus les tensions autour de la mine de Marikana dans le nord-ouest du pays. Depuis une semaine, certains ouvriers de cette mine de platine observent une grève. Ils réclament une augmentation de salaires. Jusque-là, les négociations avec la direction de la mine n’ont rien donné. Les grévistes sont appuyés par un petit syndicat. Or, le principal groupement de mineurs d’Afrique du sud ne soutient pas ce mouvement. En toile de fond, il y a donc une lutte d’influence entre syndicats. Cette rivalité a dégénéré en affrontements dimanche dernier, faisant une dizaine de morts.

En janvier dernier, trois personnes avaient été tuées lors d’affrontements similaires dans une autre mine de platine. Le site avait dû être fermé pendant plusieurs semaines. A l‘époque, on parlait déjà de la lutte de pouvoir entre les deux syndicats.

La mine de Marikana en Afrique du Sud. Près de 3.000 hommes sont rassemblés sur une colline près du site, la plupart armés de bâtons, de barres de fer ou de machettes.

Pendant sept heures, la police et les représentants de Lonmin, la société qui exploite cette mine de platine ont négocié avec les grévistes, qui réclament d’importantes augmentations de salaire, sans résultats.

La majorité de ces grévistes vivent dans des taudis accolés à la mine, sans eau courante. Ils touchent l‘équivalent de 400 euros par mois.

La grève sauvage s’est déclarée vendredi sur fond d’une meurtrière lutte intersyndicale entre l’Amcu un petit syndicat qui a appelé à la grève et la Num puissante organisation syndicale.


Lonmin threaten to sack striking SAfrican miners


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The capitalistic and imperialistic system and its systematic aims: profit and power over others, still dominates our world and not the aims of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as 1948 agreed! After the world-economic-crisis after 1929 and the following World-War the world hat decided with agreeing the Universal Declaration of Human rights, to create a new world order; conflicts should be solved with peaceful means, not nations and their power, but the dignity of human beings around the world should be the aim of the policies and the economy, of every state and the community of states. But soon after the end of the war, when the victims and destruction were forgotten, all continued as before, with all risks, we had seen before. The split in rich an poor is getting bigger and bigger. We also overuse our global environment already, even if the big majority of mankind still lives in poverty! We are not victims, this world is men-made and be changed from men and women! It will be possible, if those, who do not want or serve (because of system-pressure) profits first, but want for themselves and everybody a life in human dignity unite and develop in a global base-democratic movement a common vision for our world, and learn, how to make this vision real. We need for it a big empowerment of many, many common men and women and their activities. Our chances are because of new communication technologies, of common languages, of the level of education and the mixture of people from different backgrounds better then ever. The occupy-movement is a good start for such a global movement. We support it and try to contribute to its success! We choose news and make comments and so try to unite people for an Occupy-Think-Tank: Its tasks: creating a news-network, self-education, working on global-reform programs and learning to organize projects for those, who are suffering. Join us, so that we can build teams for these aims for all subjects and countries as a base for the unification. We have Wan(n)Fried(en) in our name, because it means When peace and it is a modification of the name of the town our base is, in Wanfried, a small town in the middle of Germany, where we can use a former factory for our activities. Our telefon: 0049-5655-924981, mobil: 0171-9132149, email:
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