On August 16th, 2012, 34 striking miners were shot and killed by South African security forces outside the mine operated by Lonmin Plc on Marikana Mountain in South Africa.

Lonmin employees had been striking for several days, demanding a living wage for their work. Two years after the incident, The Guardian reported about obtained documents that “conclude that Lonmin contributed to tensions and labour unrest, tried to bring political pressure to bear, were in frequent contact with the South African police service and even provided police with a Lonmin helicopter”.

Read more about this case in The Guardian article

More sources on the case:

Report by Marikana Commission of Inquiry

The Guardian article

Vice News article