The week long stand-off between workers and police at Lonmin in Marikana, one of the world’s biggest platinum mines, came to a deadly end yesterday after police opened fire on thousands of striking miners with unconfirmed reports saying that at least 18 were killed. Police had initially used non-lethal methods of dispersing the crowd and switched to live ammunition after one of the workers was allegedly seen pulling out a shotgun and firing at them.
Here’s video footage from the police side showing how the shooting started. The video does not show any of the miners being shot up until the end (1.23 mark) where it graphically shows them being mowed down. Don’t go past that point if you’re a sensitive viewer.
Ok so i wasn’t gonna say anything until all the facts were revealed, but just on that footage alone it’s hard for me to see how people are saying that the police were boxed in and acted in defence because their lives were in danger. You can’t tell who fired first, but for damn sure the overwhelming majority of gun fire came from the police side.
No doubt this will be talked about for a long time to come and i’m not gonna get into a whole debate over it. I’m just gonna say that if you had to ask for my opinion based on that footage…i’m gonna say that it was totally unneccessary and brought back memories of the old SA.
We are better than this..there has to be an alternative way to opening fire on a crowd with semi-automic rifles.
Sad day indeed.
“The extremely tense week-long stand-off between police and striking workers at the mine in North West ended in just over two minutes of bloodshed when the police opened fire with semi-automatic assault rifles and pistols just before 3pm yesterday.
After the police operation, which lasted for about 15 minutes, at least 18 striking workers lay dead or wounded, covered in blood and dust, in the open veld near the notorious Marikana Hill.
Ten other people, including two policemen, have been killed in violence at the mine since the weekend. [Times LIVE]
The police have stated “what were we supposed to do”?
What do think?