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article imageGreek protesters march against Canadian gold mining

By Katerina Nikolas     Nov 25, 2012 in Business
Anti-Gold Greece staged protests in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki on Saturday, attracting around 3,000 protesters. Protests focused on Canadian company Eldorado Gold Corporation which is involved in four gold mining projects.
In October the Eldorado Gold Corp. (ELD) announced plans to invest €1.3 billion in gold mining in northern Greece, Digital Journal reported. Gold miners consider that Greece could soon be the biggest producer of gold in Europe.
Residents in northern Greece have long campaigned to keep the region free of toxic mining projects which could destroy the natural beauty of the area. Anti-Gold Greece reported protesters held banners proclaiming "Eldorado Gold go home" as they blocked the entrances to three gold mining companies. According to Ekathimerini riot police blocked protesters from marching to the Canadian Consulate.
The community is divided over the issue of gold-mining. Many support it as it will create jobs and bring investment to the area, in addition to the companies paying revenue to the local community.
Opponents include leftists opposed to any foreign investment, environmentalists, and those dependent on tourist income. VMC reported earlier this year that anti-gold organizers have brought activists opposed to gold mining into Greece from Bulgaria and Romania. Maria Kadoglou of Anti-Gold Greece complained that the gold mining companies have the protection of the Greece police.
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