Originally reported in Digital Journal:
On Friday, August 24, Occupy Oakland CA was out in the streets, rallying in support of the striking Marikana miners, gunned down recently by South African police.
Occupy Oakland members turned out in Oscar Grant Plaza in downtown Oakland, CA on Friday, carrying banners and placards and handing out pamphlets to the public, about the recent shooting of striking miners at the Lonmin PLC Marikana platinum mine in South Africa.
Digital Journal reported recently on the police shooting of the Marikana mine workers in South Africa, which resulted in the deaths of 45 people and the injury of an additional 78.
Miners were striking for a decent living wage on August 16, 2012 at a platinum mine owned by Lonmin in the Marikana area, close to Rustenburg, South Africa.
This violent incident is the single most lethal use of force by South African security forces against civilians since the end of the apartheid era. The shootings have been described as a massacre in the South African media and have been compared to the Sharpeville massacre in 1960.
Some of the banners at Friday’s rally read: “This is post-apartheid?”, “Expropriate without compensation South African Industries and Banks” and “Workers’ lives are worth more than platinum.”
An Occupy Oakland member says that the rally was peaceful, and while Oakland PD kept a close eye on things, no incidents were reported.