We Condemn the Massacre of South African Miners!
18 August 2012
We condemn South Africa’s Jacob Zuma regime for the massacre. It acted in cahoots with Lonmin by ordering the police which, armed with high-caliber weapons, tried to disperse the striking workers. It is responsible for allowing Lonmin and other multinational companies to attack workers’ and people’s rights.
We condemn the monopoly-capitalist media for siding with the mining companies who want to immediately resume operations in South Africa. It is depicting both workers and policemen as armed, downplaying the fact that the weapons of the workers are no match to the weapons of the police. It is trying to legitimize the violent repression of militant workers’ protests.
We are calling for immediate justice for the victims of the massacre and their families. We are also calling for an impartial investigation in order to ascertain the exact responsibility of the culprits for the massacre. We are also calling for their immediate jailing for the crime.
We unite with all trade-union centers and progressive organizations in condemning the massacre of South African miners. We call on all workers and people of the world to show their condemnation of the massacre and solidarity with the miners by conducting different forms of protest actions. Let us unite in fighting imperialist mining and the local reactionary forces serving them.
Let us educate our ranks and the public about mining companies’ plunder of the world’s resources, use of divide-and-rule tactics, destruction of the environment and the poor’s livelihood, extreme exploitation and repression of workers, and suppression of opposition to their continued operations.
Let us educate ourselves on the necessity for the workers and peoples of the world to take hold of government and all vital industries through vibrant mass movements that are fighting for national independence, democracy and socialism.
Justice for the South African miners! #