Romanians demonstrate in the capital against government’s support for plan to create Europe’s biggest opencast goldmine.
Romanians protest in capital Bucharest against the government’s support for a plan to open Europe’s biggest opencast goldmine in Rosia Montana. Photograph: Cristian Vasile / Save Rosia Montana Campaign
About 1,000 people gathered in Bucharest on Tuesday night for a third day of protests against plans for Europe‘s biggest opencast goldmine.
Thousands of citizens first took to the streets on Sunday, in cities across the country, spurred by the Romanian government’s recent draft bill to allow Canadian company, Gabriel Resources, to mine gold and silver at the Carpathian town, Rosia Montana.
Campaigners have criticised the "special national interest" status the bill would give the mine, which would allow the Romanian branch of Gabriel Resources, Rosia Montana Gold Corporation, to move the few remaining landowners off the site through compulsory purchase orders.
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