On Friday, August 24, Occupy Oakland will assemble in Oscar Grant Plaza in downtown Oakland, CA, to show their support for and solidarity with South African miners over the recent shooting incident.
Digital Journal reported recently on the police shooting of protesting Marikana mine workers in South Africa, which resulted in the deaths of 45 people and the injury of an additional 78.
Miners were striking for a decent living wage on August 16, 2012 at a platinum mine owned by Lonmin in the Marikana area, close to Rustenburg, South Africa
This violent incident is the single most lethal use of force by South African security forces against civilians since the end of the apartheid era. The shootings have been described as a massacre in the South African media and have been compared to the Sharpeville massacre in 1960.
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South Africa: Marikana miners shot by police
Many protest rallies are being held against this incident and in support of South African miners. The protests by miners themselves continue to spread throughout the mining industry in South Africa, both in support of the miners killed and also demanding a living wage.
Occupy Oakland is also coming out in protest over the slaughter of the miners. They will be rallying in Oakland, California on Friday, August 24, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Oscar Grant Plaza (also known as Ogawa Plaza) at 14th St. & Broadway, Oakland.
To quote their website:
It was like a scene from racist apartheid South Africa. Last week, South African police murdered 34 striking platinum miners at the Lonmin mine in Marikana South Africa and wounded another 78. They arrested 260 more, several of whom face murder charges. But the real murderers are the cops, the bosses, and the state. The cops gunned down the miners at the behest of the company and the South African ANC government.
The miners were striking for a living wage, and fighting to build a militant union of their own choosing. Since the murders, drillers at a Royal Bafokeng Platinum Ltd mine have walked out. Now, miners at an Anglo-American Platinum mine are making wage demands. So despite the bloodbath and despite the bullets, the struggle for decent pay, working conditions, and the right to choose a militant union is spreading.
On Friday, we will assemble at Oscar Grant Plaza in downtown Oakland to show our support and solidarity for the heroic South African miners:
Protest the slaughter of South African miners by the police on the orders of the ANC government!
Solidarity with the Marikana miners and their demands for better wages!
Defend the right of the miners (and workers everywhere) to have a union of their own choosing!
Build the movement of workers, from South Africa to the U.S. and around the world! An injury to one is an injury to all!
Anyone wishing for more information can contact the Committee to Support South African Miners:
Zach Levenson (804) 514-9428
Gerald Sanders (510) 655-5764
Jack Gerson (510) 682-4381
Video of the shooting: