The forest of Skouries in northern Greece’s Halkidiki peninsula turned into a battlefield tonight as local villagers and Syriza leaning protesters clashed with riot police [see update below]. Approximately 2000 demonstrators marched peacefully to Eldorado company’s site over the severe environmental impact from its gold mining operations. Riot police squads had already blocked the way through the entrance and hurled teargas to disperse the crowd.
Update 22/10/2012 by @IrateGreek: Among those present in the demonstration were anti-mining protesters from Kilkis and Thrace, whose regions are also threatened with environmental disaster due to mining plans. Also present were environmental activists from Thessaloniki, two MPs of SYRIZA, a former EuroMP of the Eco-Greens and a representative from the Independent Greeks’ party.
Police hurled teargas and protesters – inside and outside cars – leave the site walking down the road. Some of them wear teargas masks while others have applied malox on their face for protection.
Outrage over assault on Syriza MP Katerina Iggezi. At 0.38′ the camera zooms on police officer
Riot police officers allegedly smashed window cars and threw teargas canisters inside
*pictures and video via alterthess.gr
edited by @inflammatory_