Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Police fire rubber bullets at farm strikers

File photo Image by: HALDEN KROG Reuters | 09 January, 2013 10:47 Police disperse Western Cape farmworkers in Wolseley, near Ceres, after a protest turned violent. Police fired rubber bullets to disperse hundreds of striking farm workers in South Africa's prime grape-growing region on Wednesday after a protest for higher wages turned violent. RELATED NEWS Farm strike is reignited Scores of police clad in riot gear fired rubber bullets at the strikers, who hurled stones from behind barricades of burning tyres, according to a Reuters reporter on the scene in De Doorns, a farming town 100 km east of Cape Town. The strike in the Western Cape, also home to South Africa's multi-billion dollar wine industry, restarted on Wednesday after being suspended in December, when warehouses were set on fire and at least two workers died in clashes with police. The farm workers, many of them black seasonal hires employed to pick and pack fruit, want their minimum daily wage of 69 rand more than doubled to 150 rand. Times Live - - - - COMMENTS BY SONNY Tony Ehrenreich and COSATU should jointly be held responsible for these renewed riots in Paarl and neighbouring areas! HE HAS BEEN INCITING VIOLENCE IN THE CAPE FOR A LONG TIME NOW!

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