(en) US, WSA* Statement on Souther Africa Marikana Massacre
We, members of the Workers Solidarity Alliance, send our deepest condolences to the
families and friends of the murdered miners. ---- On August 16th police open fire on
striking miners outside the Lonmin platinum mine in South Africa’s north west province.
Defending their interests, over 30 miners were killed and over 70 suffered injuries in a
gruesome display of the violence upon which this society has been built. One day prior to
the massacre, the Guardian & Mail reported that nearly 3,000 workers gathered daily near
the mine for several days, that the striking workers had said they were a united force
with no particular allegiance to a union and finally that negotiations had broke down
between the striking workers and the police. Its’ also known that the workers have
stopped production in a dispute is over pay, a dispute between workers and bosses.