South African police fired tear gas at protesting miners who have been on strike since August over demands for higher wages. Talks to end the strike collapsed this week. Earlier in the day, police raided workers’ shacks and seized weapons.
Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse strikers at the Marikana mine, in response to mounting unrest in the area. Protesters threw stones at the officers and burned car tires.
That morning, police raided shacks of the striking workers, arresting five people and seizing weapons like spears and machetes. According to police, the workers were arrested on separate charges of dealing drugs.
Source and full story: Russia Today, 15 Sept 2012