02 november 2012

Greek protests, a Canadian mining company, and violent reactions


(AP Photo / Alexandros Michailidis)
Riot policemen detain a demonstrator during a protest against plans for a gold mine.

Last month, Greek police clashed with demonstrators protesting a gold mining project of a subsidiary of the Canadian company Eldorado. Earlier this summer cutting down of trees was temporarily suspended by a court order in Halkidiki, Greece. The proposed Skouries gold mining project in northern Greece is run by Hellas Gold S.A. a 95% owned subsidiary of Eldorado. Protests against the gold mining have been going on for years.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda spoke with Jennifer Moore of the group Mining Watch about the situation in Greece and Canadian mining companies' activities worldwide. Mining Watch works with environmentalists, aboriginal groups and others. Moore is the Latin American Coordinator for Mining Watch.
More information:
Hellenic Mining Watch article on Greek protest - here
Eldorado Gold press release re suspension tree cutting - here
Mining Watch (Canada) website - www.miningwatch.ca
Jennifer Moore info - here


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