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Marikana massacre


South Africa: The Massacre That Changed a Nation

23 April 2013
Peter Hain’s documentary on last year’s massacre of striking miners at Marikana, South Africa, shows the distress of a natural supporter of the governing ANC.

New footage shows horror of the Marikana massacre

15 March 2013
Shocking new footage of the Marikana massacre in South Africa backs the miners’ version of events against police claims. Police shot 112 miners—killing 34—during a strike at Lonmin’s platinum mine last August.

Who planted weapons on striking miners' bodies at Marikana?

13 November 2012
Jim Nichol, who represents miners’ families at the inquiry into South Africa’s Marikana massacre, reports on developments

Outrage at plan to charge miners with 'murder' of their colleagues

29 August 2012
The South African state is threatening to charge some 270 Lonmin platinum miners arrested at the time of the Marikana massacre with murder. In an outrageous twist they would be charged with the killing of the 34 colleagues who were gunned down beside them.

Marikana miners' strike defies police brutality and the bosses

28 August 2012
South African police followed their massacre of striking miners with beatings in prison, while bosses have threatened strikers with the sack—yet the struggle continues, writes Ken Olende

Marikana: Political crisis breaks out inside the ruling ANC

28 August 2012
Platinum miners at Marikana last week reoccupied the hill that, just days earlier, had been the scene of the police massacre that killed 34 strikers.

South Africa's dashed hopes of liberation

21 August 2012
In the misty early morning of 27 April 1994 I stood in a township near the city of Johannesburg to watch an extraordinary event. Black people, oppressed and spurned for decades, were lining up to vote for the first time.

Marikana: Workers fighting back deserve our support

21 August 2012
The massacre of striking workers in South Africa is not simply a human tragedy. It shows what can happen when the logic of capitalism remains, even in a society that has emerged out of momentous uprisings from below.

How police planned and carried out the massacre at Marikana

21 August 2012
Thapelo Lekgowa, Botsang Mmope and Peter Alexander investigate the scene of the killing

The brutal history of South Africa's platinum industry

21 August 2012
Gavin Capps looks at how platinum has taken centre stage in South Africa’s mining industry—and how workers have paid the cost

The truth behind the Marikana Massacre

21 August 2012
34 South African miners shot down by police in cold blood

London protest against massacre of strikers in South Africa

18 August 2012
Some 70 people gathered in central London to protest at the massacre of at least 34 striking miners in South Africa

Slaughter at South Africa's Marikana mine: the bloody politics of platinum

17 August 2012
Striking South African mineworkers were gunned down by police on Thursday. Charlie Kimber looks at events leading up to the massacre—and the business interests behind it

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