Scenes of unspeakable violence took place in the northern Greek region of Chalkidiki last week. Hundreds of protesters from Chalkidiki, Thessaloniki and other Northern Greece regions gathered in the famous Skouries forest to protest against the government plans to confer thousand of hectares of virgin forests to a private company who plans to deploy gold mines. Locals and other people who oppose these plans warn: “if allowed this will result in an irreversible economic, ecological and cultural destruction of the site with forests and waters full of toxic waste, a sea polluted by heavy metals, air with hazardous dust and acid rain while it will drain huge water reserves.”
The company involved, Eldorado, is Canadian but is listed on London’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM).
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