Police fire rubber bullets at S.Africa farm strikers

DE DOORNS, South Africa Wed Jan 9, 2013 2:57pm IST

Related Topics

DE DOORNS, South Africa (Reuters) - 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.

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 (60 miles) 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.

(Reporting by Wendell Roelf; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Ed Cropley)

FILED UNDER:

Reuters Showcase

Killer Unmasked

Killer Unmasked

'Jihadi John' killer from Islamic State beheading videos unmasked as Londoner.  Read | Video 

DLF Penalty

DLF Penalty

DLF says reviewing $8.4 million SEBI penalty.  Full Article 

Fresh Charges

Fresh Charges

Canadian woman accuses Bikram yoga founder of sexual assault.  Full Article 

Maid Abuse Case

Maid Abuse Case

Hong Kong woman jailed for six years for abusing Indonesian maid.  Full Article 

India's Growth Story

India's Growth Story

S&P raises India's GDP forecasts, says it's a bright spot in Asia.  Full Article 

Net Rules

Net Rules

Tougher Internet rules to hit cable, telecoms companies.  Full Article 

World Cup 2015

World Cup 2015

Full coverage of cricket world cup in Australia and New Zealand.  Full Coverage 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage