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Perugia, Italy

#1 Mar 4, 2013
THESSALONIKI—A huge demonstration against the construction of gold mines in northern Greece took place in the city of Thessaloniki on November 24. Around 8,000 protesters from the areas of Halkidiki, Thrace and Kilkis, along with people from Thessaloniki and solidarity groups marched along the main streets of the city center chanting slogans against the plunder of their lands for mining development.

Protesters at the head of the march carried branches of trees and tree trunks on their shoulders, representing the “funeral or the forest.” At Skouries, Halkidiki, a unique ancient forest is in the process of being cleared to make way for a massive open pin pit mine by Hellas Gold, a subsidiary of the Vancouver-based Eldorado Gold. Peaceful demonstrations by the local people have been violently repressed by riot police, with charges pressed against protesters for rebellion against the state, a charge not utilized against activists in Greece since the military junta of the late 1960s. Eldorado Gold is either directly or indirectly involved in all gold mining projects proposed in Greece.

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