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    S. Africa police open fire on striking miners

    euronews (in English)

    by euronews (in English)

    Up to 18 people have reportedly been killed after South African riot police opened fire on striking miners armed with machetes and sticks at Lonmin's Marikana platinum mine.

    Heavily-armed officers were laying out barbed wire barricades when they were outflanked by some of the 3,000 miners in what appears to be the deadliest episode of a week of violence between rival unions.