Police fire tear gas to disperse miners

2012-09-15 11:26

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Marikana - Police on Saturday fired tear gas to disperse workers at platinum giant Lonmin's Marikana mine after raiding hostels and seizing traditional weapons in a crackdown on growing mining unrest.

An AFP photographer on the scene said police arrived in 12 armoured trucks and fired tear gas at a gathering on the site where police shot dead 34 people last month in a crackdown on a wildcat strike that has spread across the Rustenburg platinum belt.

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