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Workers at South Africa's conflict-hit mine refuse to resume work

(Xinhua)

11:03, August 20, 2012

JOHANNESBURG, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- The situation remains tense at the conflict-stricken Lonmin's platinum mine, with workers on Sunday vowing to prolong their strike.

"Expecting us to go back to work is like an insult, many of our friends and colleagues were dead," the South African Press Association (SAPA) quoted a miner as saying.

The miner stressed "no one would return to work as long as we are still in mourning."

On Thursday afternoon, the deadly shootout incident erupted as several hundred police attempted to disperse thousands of striking miners at the Lonmin's Marikana platinum mine in the northern province of North West.

It was the bloodiest conflict between police and protesters since the apartheid ended in South Africa in 1994, leaving 34 people dead and 78 other injured and 259 detained.

The heavy casualties came after 10 people died due to the violence at the mine since the miners' protest started on Aug. 10.

The miner said they would press the mine management to accept their demand for wage increases.

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