posted on Aug, 17 2012 @ 11:50 PM
On Thursday a group of South African miners were mowed down by automatic weapons, 34 are confirmed dead and at least 78 are reported wounded. The full
story with video is on Reuters (warning: graphic content) link........
"JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Seeking to answer why a miners' protest ended in a police barrage that many are calling a "bloodbath," officials
said officers had to fire to protect themselves from charging armed strikers."
The site of the massacre is being dubbed the "Hill of Horrors" by local media.
So here is my problem with this, beyond the obvious, and why it should never happen.......
1. When you run your company in such a manner that 3000 employees arm themselves with sticks and go on strike, you are running a lousy company. At
this point the OWNERS and EXECUTIVES of that company have an obligation to address the concerns of the workers and do whatever needs to be done to
diffuse the situation. That doesn't mean bend over and do whatever the workers want, it means listen, acknowledge and respond. By allowing that
unrest to fester the owners are guilty of negligence on an epic scale.
2. Why are the police responding to a strike and working alongside the mining companies security forces? As stated above the owners let the situation
get out of control, instead of sending the police the OWNERS and EXECUTIVES should have gone on site and handled the problem.
3. The union rep. on the scene said he warned the miners they would be killed if the didn't back off, in response several workers had themselves
blessed by a witch doctor to give them courage. HOW BAD must their situation be for them to march into almost certain death like that? Men with sticks
and machetes marched toward a line of men with guns, meanwhile the owner didn't even bother to show up.
Makes almost as much sense as bank tellers, guards and police officers dying to protect the assets of HSBC, Bank of America or any other greedy
corporation that values money above all else.