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    Shot miners charged with murder

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    270 striking mine workers are being charged with murder after police shot dead 34 of their colleagues.

    They are being tried under South Africa's "common purpose" legislation because they were all in the crowd that confronted police two weeks ago at the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana.

    Families of the accused protested at the proceedings as they were led away in prison vans.

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