South Africa is the world’s largest proucer of not only diamonds (the subject of this song), but is also the world leader for mining gold, gold, and chromium.
In August 2012, many miners in South Africa went on strike, and had extremely violent police encounters. It would called “The Lonmin Strike” (or Marikana miners' strike). It was called that because it happened at a mine owned by Lonmin, the largest platinum producer in the world.
On Thursday, 16 August 2012, the Lonmin Strike resulted in the deaths of 34 individuals by police, as well as the injury of an additional 78 miners.
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