JAKARTA, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- Police fired on thousands of workers of PT Freeport Indonesia in Papua, a unit of Freeport- McMoran's gold and copper mine, on their way to a spot to continue protest over payment hike on Monday, killing one miner, injuring five others.
Thousands of workers turned to be angry when police blocked their way and then involved in a clash with police, throwing stones, and burning three truck containers of PT Freeport Indonesia. "The police opened fire, killing one worker, injuring five others, " spokesman of the firm's workers union Yuli Parorongan told Xinhua by phone.
Papua police spokesman named only Wachyono told Xinhua in a text message that seven policemen were injured.
All the victims had been rushed to a nearby hospital, said Pararongan.
The workers at the PT Freeport Indonesia in easternmost Papua started a strike on September 15, demanding wage hike.
The strike was launched following a deadlock in negotiations between the workers and company management.