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Turkey: Thousands protest at gold mine owned by Canadian company

Thousands of Turks including opposition lawmakers staged a peaceful and large protest on the outskirts of a small western town in Canakkale province on Monday against what they say will be pollution from gold mine project owned by Alamos. 

The protesters mainly contested the pollution from the mine, saying Alamos had cut down more trees than it had declared and would use cyanide, contaminating water in the region.

A statement by Dogu Biga said 13,400 trees had been cut down for the mine and that trees would re-planted in the area once work is completed. The company did not immediately respond to a request for further comment.

 

Canada-based Alamos Gold has defended its environmental record at a mining project in western Turkey against a wave of protests, saying it had paid for future reforestation at the site and denying cyanide would leak into the surrounding area.