Striking mineworkers are caught in teargas as police open fire on striking miners at the Lonmin Platinum Mine near Rustenburg, South Africa, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012. An unknown number of people have been killed and injured. Police moved in on workers who gathered on a rocky outcropping near the Lonmin late afternoon, firing unknown ammunition and teargas. (AP Photo) SOUTH AFRICA OUT(Credit: AP)

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South Africa's police commissioner calls for mourning after mine shooting, but doesn't hold police responsible


Sarah Amandolare
August 18, 2012 12:13AM (UTC)

Yesterday’s shooting in Marikana, South Africa, left 34 people dead and 78 wounded. As the New York Times reported, police opened fire on thousands of striking miners wielding machetes after “rubber bullets, water cannons and stun grenades” failed to stop the workers from passing two police lines. The incident comes 18 years post-apartheid, stunning South Africans whose frustrations over inequality and poverty had already been mounting. Yet, at a press conference today, Commissioner Phiyega defended her officers, the New York Times reported.

“This is no time for finger-pointing. It is time for us to mourn the sad and black moment we experienced as a country,” Phiyega said.

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Previously, the New York Times featured video footage of the shooting.


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