Romanians protest for second day against gold mine

Rosia Montana, above, is where firms want to mine for gold but protesters say it will wreck the environment as cynaide will be used for mining.

Protesters gathered in Romania‘s capital Bucharest late on Monday for a second day of protests against the government’s support for a plan to open Europe‘s biggest open-cast gold mine.

The more than 1,000 protesters were surrounded by riot police as they sat down on the street, tapping plastic bottles on the ground, chanting “United we will save Rosia Montana.”

Canada’s Gabriel Resources Ltd plans to mine 314 tonnes of gold and 1,500 tonnes of silver in the small Carpathian town of Rosia Montana through its local arm, Rosia Montana Gold Corporation, in which the Romanian state also holds a minority stake.

The planned gold quarries would use cyanide and would destroy four mountain tops and wipe out three villages. Campaign groups say it would destroy ancient Roman sites and could cause an environmental disaster.

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