Miners Shot Down: Remembering Marikana

31 July 2015 - 7:00pm
Event

EVENT DATE: Friday 17 October 10:00am-6:00pm

LOCATION: UNITE House Diskus Room 128 Theobald Road, Holburn WC1X 8TN London

On 16 August 2012, South African police opened fire with live ammunition on thousands of striking platinum miners at Lonmin’s Marikana mine in the North West Province of South Africa. One hundred and twelve miners were shot and of those 34 died. Join War on Want, film maker Rehad Desai and James Nichol, lawyer for the miners' families in commemorating the 3rd anniversary of the Marikana Mining Massacre on 14 August 2015.  Book your tickets here


On 16 August 2012 South African police opened fire with live ammunition on thousands of striking platinum miners at Lonmin’s Marikana mine in the North West Province of South Africa. One hundred and twelve miners were shot and of those 34 died. The actions of police at Marikana were reminiscent of the apartheid era - Sharpeville in 1960 and Soweto in 1976 - where black people were shot for protesting. The Farlam Commission of Enquiry which was set up to investigate these killings ...largely absolved the police, the state, and Lonmin of any responsibility for this event. To date the families of the miners killed at Marikana have received no compensation.

What made the events at Marikana so shocking is that these killings took place under the auspices of a democratic, post-apartheid state with one of the most progressive constitution and bill of rights in the world. These killings are part of a growing trend of violence by the state toward non-violent protest and dissent in South Africa. The increasingly authoritarian tendencies of the South African state are retrogressive. These tendencies are undemocratic and threaten the right to free expression and legitimate protest.

The struggle to end Apartheid was long and hard. Many people gave their lives to this struggle. Don’t let the deaths of the Marikana mine workers be in vain. Join War on Want to remember the miners and their families

Programme:

  • 19:00 Opening Address by War on Want and representative from UNITE the Union
  • 19:10 Screening of Miners Shot Down
  • 20:10 Marikana: The Aftermath by James Nichol
  • 20:30 Q&A with film maker, Rehad Desai

Book your tickets here

 

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