Protest in Athens against Canada goldmine project
AFPATHENS--Hundreds of protesters demonstrated in Athens on Saturday against a Canadian gold mining investment in the northern region of Halkidiki that is feared to be causing irreversible damage to the local environment.
January 13, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
“Yes to water, no to gold,” the protesters chanted as they marched on the Greek parliament. “Take your cyanide and get out,” they said.
The protest was led by youths carrying felled trunks of oak and beech trees on biers, while other demonstrators wore decontamination suits.
“If you want gold, go to bank safe boxes,” the protesters chanted.
A number of citizens' groups, backed by the radical leftist party Syriza that is now the second largest group in parliament, have been trying to scupper the project since 2011, when the government allowed Hellenic Gold — a subsidiary of Canadian firm Eldorado Gold — to dig in the area.
Another Canadian company, TVX, began an operation in Halkidiki nearly two decades ago before pulling out in 2003.