September 19, 2012. Police disperse another miner protest in South Africa
Police used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse a group of protesters near a mine owned by a large British mining company, international news sources reported on September 19th. The protest came after a deal was reached at the Marikana platinum mine, ending several weeks of strikes by workers. A spokesperson for the British mining company said that the company would not tolerate illegal gatherings. The Marikana strike after the mine owner agreed to a raise of between 11% and 22%; however, analysts speculated that the deal could encourage other miners to strike for pay increases. South African President Jacob Zuma said that the strikes had already cost the country US$548 million.
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