Were the South African police justified in gunning down the striking miners?

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  1. mintinfo profile image73
    mintinfoposted 6 years ago

    Were the South African police justified in gunning down the striking miners?

    In South Africa striking miners armed with spears and machetes hacked two police officers to death. Days later in retaliation the police opened fire on the protesters killing 34 and wounding approx 70, Were police actions justified in order to stem further unrest?

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  2. Dr Billy Kidd profile image91
    Dr Billy Kiddposted 6 years ago

    People working for a couple dollars a day got angry about the wealthy poeple making millions off them. This always resullts in the wealthy owners killing some of the workers to put them in their place.

    There were a dozen major killings of workers in the U.S. from 1900 to 1933. The Army even attacked WWI veterans and their families, when they asked for their VA benefits. I'm not sure how many families were killed.

    The way you frame the question puts the workers at fault. I disagree. I think people have rights.

    1. mintinfo profile image73
      mintinfoposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      There is such a thing as "peaceful protest". These people do not look very peaceful. They need to learn the rules. Re; Gandhi, Martin Luther King

  3. junkseller profile image81
    junksellerposted 6 years ago

    To me, that police line looked disorganized and unprofessional and seemingly had no clear rules of engagement. It was a mistake that it ever even came to that. For a labor dispute they should have sent in a labor negotiator, not a line of poorly trained officers with assault weapons, but bullets and humans are cheaper than platinum.

    1. mintinfo profile image73
      mintinfoposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      well said. Both sides need to be civil.

  4. Nathan Orf profile image77
    Nathan Orfposted 6 years ago

    Take a look back through American history, to see how the early labor movement here was treated by the government. You will find that South Africa is currently going through much the same, though the specifics may be different.

    As far as can be determined, the police took every measure they could to break up the protests without resorting to lethal tactics. In this case, they were charged by a group of miners holding weapons. The police simply had, if their testimony can be believed, no other choice. It was an act of self protection.

    1. mintinfo profile image73
      mintinfoposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      A very hard lesson is always learned when one attempts to fight the system with force. Unlike the Arab uprising this has nothing to do with social or political change but rather economic change. The right tactics must be employed

 
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