Irate Zambian Miners Kill Chinese Manager
Coal miners riot over low wages
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2012 9:11 AM CDT
Chinese companies have invested more than $2 billion in Zambia, mostly in the mining sector.   (AP Photo/Joseph Schatz, File)

(Newser) – A fresh round of unrest has hit Chinese-operated mines in Zambia. Rioting coal miners killed a Chinese manager on Saturday by pushing a mine trolley at him as he tried to flee, reports the BBC. Another Chinese manager and several Zambians were injured during the incident at the mine, which has a history of unrest between workers and management. Chinese managers at the mine shot and injured at least 13 Zambian miners during a wage protest in 2010.

The miners, who earn around $150 a month, were protesting delays in implementing a new minimum wage law that would see them make a minimum of an additional $80 per month. Zambian President Michael Sata was elected last year after campaigning on a promise to crack down on Chinese-owned mines paying "slave wages" and to deport investors who thumb their noses at the country's labor laws, but he has quieted his anti-China rhetoric since taking office, the Wall Street Journal notes.

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Riyadh
Aug 6, 2012 6:33 PM CDT
Foreigners need to get out of Africa if there intentions are not good. African minerals, resources, products, business etc is to be groomed and maintained by the AFRICANS period. There is no abject way of going around the fact. If the Chinese want to undermine the Africans then repercussion will ensue. You don't see Africans going into China and building mine fields, tea shops etc. If it is not a two way street then it should be ONE WAY OUT and in this case the Chinese need to see there way out!
schmidtkoff
Aug 6, 2012 6:03 PM CDT
i'm rooting for the zambians. the ruthless communist chinese are out to grab whatever they can as cheap as they can. they have their fingers in virtually every third world country that has wealth to grab. screw the commies.
AlexanderArgentina
Aug 6, 2012 12:06 PM CDT
Romney vs. Frankenstein (Obama) Put simply, better the devil you don't know. Vote Romney.