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(AP) Violent protests by farm workers have erupted in South Africa after weeks of unrest in the country's mining industry.


Television images showed protesters overturn a police truck and set fires in the streets Wednesday in a town in South Africa's Western Cape. The workers have been protesting their wages, saying they want a minimum wage of $17 a day. Currently, workers make about half that amount a day.


Agriculture is one of South Africa's biggest industries, as is mining. Miners first protested over wages in August at Lonmin PLC's Marikana platinum mine outside of Rustenburg, sparking violence and a mass shooting by police that left 46 people dead. Unrest then spread.


Workers on a weeks-long strike at Anglo American Platinum gathered Wednesday to discuss their own negotiations for higher raises.


Associated Press
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