Greece: Govt. revokes Eldorado mining project permit; local community members on trial for resisting project

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18 March 2015

21 community members indicted for resisting mining project due to social & environmental impacts

Author: Coordinating committee of Ierissos against gold minin

"Skouries: When local communities are put on trial", 3 Mar 2015

[T]he three-member Council of Judges...of Halkidiki issued an indictment for the Skouries case. According to the indictment, twenty one individuals are to appear in the Felony Appeal Court of Thessaloniki – all facing heavy charges among which are the formation of a criminal organization, attempted manslaughter, and robbery...We endured throughout the attempted criminalization of our struggle. We endured throughout the time when our substantiated and documented charges against a plethora of “Hellas Gold” violations were ignored by the state inspection mechanisms. We endured when court decisions put the economic interests above the destruction of our land and our right to defend our lives....In these trials, the whole of society shall be sitting in the court’s judgment seat...

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18 March 2015

Greece revokes Eldorado Gold's permit for Skouries mining project

Author: Peter Koven, Financial Post (Canada)

"Greece revokes Eldorado Gold Corp’s authorization for Skouries mining project", 2 Mar 2015

Greece’s leftist government has taken steps to block Eldorado Gold Corp.’s key mine in the region, prompting a furious response from the Canadian miner and its employees while leaving the project’s future in question...There has been local opposition to this project dating back to the 1990s...a few years ago, a few violent protests broke out against it...Eldorado has argued that the vast majority of the local population supports the mine, and that it would provide a major economic boost to a country that has suffered through austerity and a severe recession in recent years.

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