IU Group Protests Plans To Build Largest Gold Mine In Europe

The Romanian government is debating whether to allow a Canadian-based company to mine gold in the village of Rosia Montana.

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    Rosia Montana been mined for its natural resources since the Roman Empire.

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    Rosia Montana is known for its beautiful rolling hills and its rich natural resources.

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    Photo: Felicia Akanmu

    Protestors at Indiana University gathered one hundred signatures on a petition opposing a proposed mine in Rosia Montana.

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    Protests against mining in Rosia Montana have been ongoing in Europe.

Protestors are organizing at Indiana University in opposition to a plan that would create the largest gold mine in Europe.

The Romanian government is considering allowing a Canadian-based company to mine gold in the village of Rosia Montana.

“Romania is known for three major things: beautiful nature, plenty of nice people, and sadly, a corrupt government,” said IU graduate student Alexandra Cotofana, who was part of a group collecting petition signatures Friday in front of the Sample Gates.

Cotofana said within one hour they gathered about one hundred signatures to stop the proposed gold mine. The demonstrations at IU are part of a larger movement.

As The Guardian reports, demonstrators have also been holding a series of protests in Romania’s capital, Bucharest, this week and an international day of protest is planned for Sunday.

“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.”

The proposed mine has been in the planning stages for more than a decade, but has stalled because of concerns from environmental groups.

Proponents of the project tout its economic benefits, saying it could create thousands of jobs.

The Romanian Parliament will consider whether to give the company approval later this month.

  • Andrada Dridi

    This project would destroy 2000 years old roman galeries. 3 villages, 4 mountains that are now protected by law because of the historical cultural value. Produce for 15 years 40 tons of cyanide a day! With absolutely no safety measures for the cyanide pit. It would be a crime to human rights, as the people living there would be forcely removed from their homes. The Canadian company would keep all the findings including gold, silver, WOLFRAM, arsen and all they find, as Romania would get just a small percentage of the gold, like 20%. It is a horrible thing that is being done to us. We are plundered by this corporation and our politicians are silenced with bribes. The reagion was declared monoindustrial ling time ago, even if it is very valuable for tourism because of the ancient architectural values, nature, tourism, milk production etc. Help us fight this. On sunday we will protest all around the world.

  • anyone

    just hire snipers to shoot all the Romanian politicians, they are defective and obsolete and greedy as fuck, need to be replaced pronto

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