16 August 2012
Last updated at 22:36
Police in South Africa have opened fire during clashes with striking workers at the Marikana platinum mine, leaving dozens of people dead, witnesses say.
Police reportedly began shooting after miners carrying machetes defied an ultimatum to disarm.
Police fired tear gas in an attempt to disperse the strikers before opening fire, witnesses said.
Some reports say a group of miners moved towards the police before before the officers began shooting.
During the clashes, missiles - thought to be either petrol bombs or grenades - were thrown at police, who responded by opening fire, eyewitnesses said.
After the police stopped firing, several bodies were seen lying on the ground at the scene of the clashes.
The mine, owned by Lonmin, has been at the centre of a violent industrial dispute exacerbated by inter-union tensions.
The violence was the latest incident in the six days since miners demanding higher pay walked out in what management said was an illegal strike.
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