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Thousands clash with police resisting gold extraction in the village of Skouries in Chalkidiki, Northern Greece

1,500-2,000 demonstrators gathered in the village of Skouries in Chalkidiki on September 9 to protest again the commencing of the extraction of gold by the canadian mining company Eldorado Gold. The demonstration soon clashed with police protecting the mining facilities and at least five demonstrators were injured, including a SYRIZA MP. It is reported that the police used tear-gas inside the forest (photo below) causing serious risk for a widespread fire (with demonstrators putting off the fire in many cases), and rubber bullets.

At least 15 people were detained and taken to the local police station (in Ierissos) where demonstrators immediately gathered in solidarity, demanding their release. As a result, the detainees were transferred to nearby police stations in Chalkidiki, while four demonstrators have been transferred to Thessaloniki.





  1. ET wrote:

    Halkidiki, 9/9
    Skouries forest, Kakavos mountain

    Monday, September 10, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Permalink
  2. Nietzsche's ghost wrote:

    I am an activist in Montreal, Québec. Canada. If anyone has more info about this mine or contacts with people generally involved in organizing against Canadian mining companies in Greece, can they please contact

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 1:50 am | Permalink
  3. ET wrote:

    USA – October 5th, 2012: Call for a global day of action against the Mexican, US, and Canadian consulates and embassies worldwide. This action is part of the Decolonize the New World 2012: West Coast Anti-Colonial, Anti-Capitalist Convergence in San Francisco during Columbus Day weekend. The convergence is being called for by Decolonize and Anti-Capitalist comrades in the Pacific Northwest and Bay Area.

    Halkidiki, Greece: Thessaloniki Coordinating Committee Against Gold-Mining Activities

    Contact Mail:{at}

    Contact Page:

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

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