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29 July: Screening of Miners Shot Down documentary


In August 2012, mineworkers in one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines began a wildcat strike for better wages. Six days later the police used live ammunition to brutally suppress the strike, killing 34 and injuring many more. Using the point of view of the Marikana miners, Miners Shot Down follows the strike from day one, showing the courageous but isolated fight waged by a group of low-paid workers against the combined forces of the mining company Lonmin, the ANC government and their allies in the National Union of Mineworkers.


What emerges is collusion at the top, spiralling violence and the country’s first post-apartheid massacre. South Africa will never be the same again.

Tuesday 29 July at 7.30 at The Wanstead Tap, Arch 352, Winchelsea Road, Forest Gate, E7 0AQ

Screening sponsored by Redbridge Trades Union Council in association with Newham Bookshop

All proceeds to the victims’ families and to South African platinum miners who have recently finished prolonged strike action by winning a substantial wage increase.

Tickets £3 from Newham Bookshop or telephone 07956 656 086.

The Wanstead Tap is near to Jubilee Ponds on Wanstead Flats and close to the junction of Pevensey Road and Winchelsea Road. Buses 58 and 308 stop at Pevensey Road towards Wanstead and Leyton and at Sidney Road towards Forest Gate. The Wanstead Tap is a short walk from Wanstead Park staion on the Overground and Forest Gate station on the Liverpool Street Line.
The proprietor has kindly provided premises and equipment free but hopes filmgoers will make use of the bar facilities.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 23:25

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2 August: Roma Holocaust Day

The Porajmos – literally the Devouring – is the Roma Holocaust Day on 2 August. This year it falls on a Saturday and there will be a gathering and ceremony at the Holocaust Memorial Stone in Hyde Park at 12 noon.

Please attend if you can and spread the word.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 July 2014 10:17

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