Protest in Thessaloniki Against Gold Mining Projects



    About 3,000 protesters have marched in the northern Greek city in protest against what they claim are environment-threatening gold mining projects.
    Riot police barred the protesters’ intended route to the Canadian Consulate on Saturday, but no incidents were reported.
    Canadian company Eldorado Gold Corp. is involved in four gold mining projects, all in northern Greece. Three of them are at the planning stage. The fourth, and biggest, in the Halkidiki peninsula, had been pursued a decade ago by another Canadian company, TVX, but was cancelled.
    Opponents of the projects include owners of houses rented to tourists, environmentalists and leftist activists opposed to any foreign investment. Local communities have been bitterly divided, with many residents hoping to benefit from the more than 1,000 jobs that the investors say would be created.
    (source: AP)


    9 COMMENTS

    1. Are these people for real???? Greece currently is in desperate need of companies to employ people and people are protesting..We have a 50% unemployment rate for our youth and we are demonstrating…What are these people doing??? Unbelievable…
      We should be Thanking these people for willing to come in and set up and employ Greeks…
      Yes we should be raising environmental issues…

    2. @Complaints007:disqus  Greeks are famous for demonstrations and strikes either for reasons or for no reasons, they just looooooooooooooooove these type of activities…Its like drinking frappe, its in their blood…Its their job to protest…

    3. I’d be protesting too if my business, property and area were going to be effected by the mining, the arsenic polution alone that gold mining produces can be horrendous if enviromental laws aren’t up to scratch. And if this is going to be an open cut mine then the effects are going to be even worse on the area.

      Yes Greece badly needs investment, but not investment without any prior thought to the long term consequences. If not properly done initially, the future clean up bill will be greater than the current national debt.

    4.  http://antigoldgreece.wordpress.com/category/english/
      read first why do we protest.

    5.  ITS BETTER MAVERIK TO CLOSE YOUR TV.THIS IS NOT HELLAS.ITS WHAT THEY WAND YOU TO KNOW.THEY WONT MAKE IT EASY FOR YOU.FIND OUT FOR YOUR SELF

    6. The gold companies are exploiting the mass unemployment rate to lure people into agreeing for them to mine gold.

    7. Not just that, but surely some rich Greek could make the country more money if he/she were to mine the gold than some foreign business that probably won’t pay any taxes in Greece.