Since last week, about three thousand mineworkers from the Marikina Platinum Mine near Rustenburg had been on strike for increased wages. The mine is run by Lonmin whose headquarters are in London. Police and the employers had designated Thursday16th August as return to work day, D-day, to break the strike. On that day police attacked thousands of miners that had assembled on a hill top, and after a few warnings began shooting into ranks of striking workers. According to reports, as a result 34 workers have been killed and hundreds are wounded and arrested.