South African police opened fire on some 3,000 black union protesters at a platinum mine 60 miles northwest of Johannesburg on Thursday, killing at least 30 strikers and shocking the nation with its echoes of apartheid-era massacres. The headlines of Friday morning's newspapers blared "Bloodbath," "Killing Field," and "Mine Slaughter," and President Jacob Zuma cut short a regional summit to fly back to visit the mine. The miners, armed with machetes and spears, were part of an upstart union challenging the dominant National Union of Mineworkers, a close ally of the ruling African National Congress party. Police claim the protesters fired on them first.
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