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SOLIDARITY With the Striking Platinum Miners in South Africa [graphic VIDEO of Police Massacre]

Platinum miners outside of Rustenburg, a few hours northwest of Johannesburg, have organized wildcat strikes to demand a living wage.

As a consequence, on August 16th, South African police massacred at least 34 miners and injured 78 more.

Actions and Events in SOLIDARITY WITH THE STRIKING MINERS are being held around the world.

Far from advocating for workers’ rights, the largest mining union in South Africa, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), has openly denounced the strikers, urging them to return to work and even blaming them for last week’s violence.

Statements from President Zuma, COSATU, NUM, and the SACP blame murdered workers for their own deaths.

Why is the NUM leadership, the COSATU leadership, and the SACP refusing to denounce this ANC-ordered massacre? In some cases they are openly endorsing it.

Sections of the working class struggle are engaged in open class war.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For a graphic video of the incident, see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qf6Oi2bR56E

Police MASSACRE Striking Miners in South Africa

Police massacre striking miners  by Abayomi Azikiwe, Aug 22, 2012

Striking miners.

Aug. 20 — Striking platinum miners have defied Lonmin Platinum PLC’s back to work orders and continue their job action in Marikana, South Africa, despite a horrific police massacre and threats of termination. This is the British-based, multibillion-dollar firm’s latest ultimatum to the mineworkers, who walked off their jobs on Aug. 10 to protest low salaries and poor working conditions.

On Aug. 16, police opened fire with automatic weapons on hundreds of striking miners, killing 34 workers and wounding 78 others. They failed to disperse from a hill near the mining facility, which is located outside Rustenburg in South Africa’s North West province.

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma declared a week of mourning. The South African people have been in a state of shock and outrage since a week of violence culminated with the police massacre of the striking miners.

On Aug. 18, family members of the slain, wounded and arrested miners demonstrated near the Lonmin facilities, demanding information on the fate of their loved ones.

The authorities also arrested 259 miners. Some appeared in court on Aug.20, when they were remanded to stay in custody and a hearing was set for Aug. 27. Other arrested workers have not been located.

Despite orders to return to work, it appears that most rock-drill operators and their assistants have refused to listen to the company bosses. They are demanding their monthly pay be increased from R4,000 ($480) to R12,500 ($1,560).

POLICE STATE And Yet Another Reason to SAVE RICHARDSON GROVE

 You may ask, "What does saving the grove have to do with the police state?"....well....lets start from the beginning... The Interstate Highways were initially implemented by Eisenhower. How did he come up with the idea of these interstate highways? He got his grandiose plan from an army convoy he participated in, and from inspirations he got from Germany's autobahn, which he got to see because he was in the military during WWII. The history of the highways are rooted in militarization. Eisenhower's plan for the highways was even named "The National Defense Highway", this system was designed to move military equipment and personnel with greater efficiency and create a broader reach for the military.