South Africa Drops Miners’ Charges

Police surround fallen miners after they opened fire during clashes near a platinum mine in Marikana on August 16, 2012. Hundreds of workers armed with machetes, sticks and metal rods had gathered on a hillside near the mine, defying police orders to disperse. Several people were lying on the ground, some bleeding from wounds, after the crowd fled, according to an AFP reporter. AFP PHOTO        (Photo credit should read -/AFP/GettyImages)

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    The 270 miners who stood accused of the deaths of fellow strikers under an apartheid-era law have had their charges provisionally dropped, prosecutors say. Under the controversial law, the miners were charged with the deaths because they had allegedly provoked the police into opening fire during a protest at the Marikana mine, where workers demanded increased pay and the right to form a new union. “Final charges will only be made once all investigations have been completed,” prosecutors said. Six of the miners who were to be charged remain in the hospital.

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