34 killed in South Africa mine shooting

Personal note : the people should be storming some embassies instead of putting up with provocative threats like the UK one towards Ecuador.Enough is Enough.Oh and let’s see who is mining in the death scene

South African police killed 34 people in a shooting at a mine in North West province, the country’s police chief says.

Officers shot at the workers who were protesting on Thursday afternoon over pay at the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana, some 100km northwest of Johannesburg.

The incident, which police said was an act of self defence, appears to be one of the bloodiest police operations since the end of white-minority rule in 1994 in Africa’s biggest economy.

Police Commissioner General Riah Phiyega, speaking at a news conference on Friday, also said 78 people had been injured and 259 arrested in Thursday’s violence.

“The police members had to employ force to protect themselves from the charging group,” she said.

“This no time for blaming, this is not time for finger pointing. It is a time for us to mourn a sad and dark moment we experience as a country.”

In an earlier statement, the South African Police Service said its officers were “viciously attacked by the group, using a variety of weapons, including firearms. The police, in order to protect their own lives and in self-defence, were forced to engage the group with force”.

Zweli Mnisi, the police ministry spokesman, said an investigation into the shooting has begun. Labour unions and political parties, including the ruling ANC, called for an independent inquiry.

Police investigators and forensic experts, meanwhile, combed the scene of the shooting, watched by about 100 people on Friday.

South African media said that there was no more violence reported in the area overnight.

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