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South africa lonmin mine strike 20120816

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The Marikana platinum mine near Rustenburg, South Africa, has been the center of a violent labor dispute between rival unions.
Violent clashes at mine left 34 dead and 78 injured.
About 50 South African miners held over the Lonmin Marikana killings were released Monday.
South africa lonmin mine strike 20120816

Striking mineworkers armed with machetes are monitered by a large number of police as they stage a sit-in on a hill near the Marikana mine in Rustenburg, 62 miles northwest of Johannesburg on August 15, 2012, where they are demading a wage increase. Ten people were killed in clashes at the platinum mine, which is run by leading producer Lonmin, between rival unions, the leading and decades-old National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the smaller Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU).

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