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The Marikana miners' strike or Lonmin strike was a wildcat strike at a mine owned by Lonmin in the Marikana area, close to Rustenburg, South Africa in 2012. The event garnered international attention following a series of violent incidents between the South African Police Service and strikers which has resulted in the deaths of 36 mine workers, two police officers, four other unidentified persons and the injury of an additional 78 other workers and police. In addition to the Lonmin strikers, there has been a wave of wildcat strikes across the South African mining sector. The shooting incident on 16 August that the press dubbed the Marikana massacre was the single most lethal use of force by South African security forces against civilians since 1960, and the end of the apartheid era. The shootings have been described as a massacre in the South African media and have been compared to Sharpeville massacre in 1960. The incident also took place on the 25-year anniversary of a nationwide... (via Freebase)