• Ouranoupolis says NO to Gold Mining!

  • Amongst the crowd...

  • The streets of Thessaloniki

  • Anti-Gold protesters...

  • Protest onlookers...

  • An activist and a priest...

    ...A gentleman and a scholar.
  • Those who signed off on the "Catastrophe of Halkidiki".
  • Our rich forests are gold, their arsenic is death.
  • Enough is enough.

Mining in the Halkidiki region of Northern Greece is no recent phenomenon. This activity has been part of the local economy of Aristotle’s homeland since well before the Philosopher’s birth (since about the 6th century B.C.).  Today, however, Hellas Gold, a subsidiary of Canada’s Eldorado Gold, plans to extract 380 million tons of ore over the next 25 years, whereas only 33 millions tons had been extracted since Antiquity.

This colossal feat will be conducted by means of “modern exploration techniques” (1). In other words, explosives and chemicals will be used, resulting in massive air, water and ground pollution; in obvious risks to the region’s eco-system; and in health hazards for current residents and for generations to come. All in the name of profit for big businesses, short-term and temporary job creation, and a new golden trinket around our necks…

On March 9th 2013 I attended a massive protest in Thessaloniki against this deadly mining project. Here are some images…

And here are some video links :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ZVZ8bK1bQt4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=5VBVre07yUU

References:

(1) http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-09/greece-welcomes-gold-miners-to-rank-first-in-europe-commodities.html

http://soshalkidiki.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/soshalkidiki_01_en.pdf