Police Shot Miners in 'Self-Defense'

    MARIKANA, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 16: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT)  Striking mine workers demonstrate as they protest over wage demands outside the Nkageng informal settlement on August 16, 2012 in North West, South Africa. At least 10 people have died since the workers embarked on an illegal strike at Lonmins Marikana Platinum Mine, with the dispute heightened by conflicts between members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the newly formed newly formed Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union. The conflict escalated later in the day when police opened fire on protesting miners killing at least 30 people. (Photo by Alon Skuy/The Times/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

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    A day after South African police shot dead at least 30 strikers, officers say they fired in self-defense at the Marikana mine in the northeast. Protesters allegedly charged them with machetes, clubs and firearms, at which point police say they used tear gas and stun grenades to try to break up the group. When that failed, they opened fire. South African President Jacob Zuma rushed to the site of the shooting Friday. The platinum mine has been at the center of a pay dispute worsened by tensions between two rival trade unions.

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