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S. Africa: Police fire at striking mineworkers

In this Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, file photo, striking mineworkers take part in a demonstration in Rustenburg, South Africa. (AP Photo)

JOHANNESBURG: A strike leader says police fired rubber bullets at striking Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) miners near Rustenburg.

Gaddafi Mdoda spoke of a brief confrontation between police and some of the 12,000 striking miners who were fired by Amplats last week. The mineworkers have vowed to make the mines ungovernable and to make it impossible for the world's top platinum producer to hire new workers.

Police apparently were responding to the miners' attempt to stop operations at Amplats' Bathopele mine, according to the South African Press Association, which reported that two taxis transporting people to work and other places were set on fire.

 

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