Protest Massacre of South African Strikers!
Free Jailed Miners—Drop All Charges!
Victory to the Striking Miners!
Protest outside of the South African Consulate
(at 38th Street and Tunnel Entrance St., between 1st and 2nd Ave.)
Thursday, August 30, 2012
4:30 p.m.–6 p.m.
On August 16, 34 striking platinum miners were massacred in cold blood at the Lonmin Platinum-run Marikana mine northwest of Johannesburg, South Africa. The South African cops, hirelings of the Tripartite Alliance government of the African National Congress (ANC), the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the COSATU trade-union federation, perpetrated this slaughter—one of the worst in South African history. The truth is that the blood of black workers is just as cheap today under the ANC/SACP/COSATU government as it was under apartheid rule. Despicably, the miners were blamed for this massacre! Some 260 workers were arrested the same day as the massacre and are now rotting in jail; they were denied bail and are facing charges ranging from public violence to murder and attempted murder. Workers internationally should demand: Drop all charges against the Lonmin striking miners! In response to the massacre, other miners have been raising demands similar to those that sparked the Marikana strike. We say: Victory to the striking South African miners!
The Spartacist League stands for working-class emancipation from wage slavery and for sweeping away this whole rotten capitalist system through socialist revolution, which will lay the basis for eradicating racial oppression and neocolonial subjugation. Many American blacks, whose oppression is deeply rooted in the bloody history of American chattel slavery, closely identify with the oppressed South African masses. But as in South Africa, where the Tripartite Alliance offers only a continuation of oppression under capitalism, the U.S. capitalist parties—Democrats, Republican and Greens—offer a similar dead end. What’s necessary is a multiracial workers party that fights in the interest of workers and the oppressed. For internationalist workers solidarity with the South African miners!