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Solidarity message from Rosia Montana related to criminal charges against people from Halkidiki

1378208_541210605957374_652326671_nTo: Hellenic Mining Watch Ref: Solidarity message related to criminal charges against people from Halkidiki and Hellenic Mining Watch

16 October 2013

Dear colleagues at Hellenic Mining Watch,

We’ve learned, with great concern, about the 29 residents of Halkidiki charged with “participating in a criminal organization”. The Greek state says that the purpose of this alleged criminal organization is that “through illegal means was aiming to prevent or postpone mining or other activity by Eldorado Gold in the area of Skouries”. However, according to news sources, no specific illegal actions have been linked with specific persons, nor has it been demonstrated that the anti-mining movement has ever used non-legal means. Continue Reading »

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European Court rules against Greece over gold mine land sale

ECJ’s ruling was described as a personal victory and vindication by Tolis Papageorgiou, who referred the sale to the European Commission in 2009 alleging it was a violation of competition law.

33--6-thumb-large-thumb-largeThe mines are being constructed in forest areas

The sale of state land in northern Greece to a Canadian-controlled gold mining company was unlawful and contrary to the principles of the common market, the European Court of Justice ruled on Wednesday. Continue Reading »

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Media interviews used in investigation of anti-mining activists

Police file includes telephone transcripts between Hellenic Mining Watch founder Tolis Papageorgiou and 11 newspapers, news agencies and websites, including Eleftherotypia, Reuters and the semiofficial Athens News Agency.

33--8-thumb-large-thumb-mediumProtesters at a march against mining activity in Halkidiki, northern Greece

Transcripts of telephone interviews and conversations with Greek and foreign reporters have been included the case file relating to the investigation of anti-mining activists in northern Greece suspected of founding a “criminal organisation”. Continue Reading »

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Over 200 being probed over opposition to Skouries gold mine

skouries_arsonA total of 12 case files involving 210 suspects have been created by authorities investigating opposition by Halkidiki residents to the gold mine run by Hellas Gold in Skouries, northern Greece.

Kathimerini understands that one of these cases concerns the arson attack on the company’s offices at the mine in February, another regards the clashes between protesters and police in May that led to one officer being injured, while a third is based on a separate confrontation which took place in September last year. Continue Reading »

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La Cour euro­péenne de Justice condamne la Grèce à pro­pos des mines d’or

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L’historique de l’affaire qui constitue un énorme scandale politique, financier et environnemental est décrit très élégamment dans l’arrêt rendu par la Cour européenne.

12009440-thumb-largeAu moment où, en Grèce, se déroule un véri­table pogrom de pour­suites contre les habi­tants de Ierissos qui s’opposent à l’opération des mines, le pre­mier arrêt de la Cour condamne le gou­ver­ne­ment grec, recon­nais­sant, du même coup, qu’il s’agit d’un scan­dale aux aspects poli­tiques et financiers.

La Cour euro­péenne de Justice condamne Grèce pour avoir omis (?) de prendre les mesures néces­saires, dans les délais pres­crits, afin de recou­vrir (majo­rée des inté­rêts) auprès d’Hellas Gold –du magnat de la presse et des tra­vaux publics bien connu, Bobolas– la somme de 15,34 mil­lions d’euros que l’État grec lui a illi­ci­te­ment accor­dée en ven­dant à la société des élé­ments de patri­moine public contre un prix infé­rieur à leur valeur réelle et, de sur­croît, accom­pa­gnant cette vente d’une exemp­tion de payer des taxes. Continue Reading »

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Mining company accused of transporting toxic materials illegally

Source: enetenglish.gr

Syriza MPs say that not only has Hellas Gold not taken the necessary safety precautions when transporting arsenopyrite, it has described it as something else in order to avoid paying tax

 DSCN0302 A truck carrying the concentrate from one of Hellas Gold’s mines There have been calls for the public prosecutor to take action against a gold mining company operating in northern Greece for what residents say is the illegal transportation and storage of toxic material extracted from its mines. Continue Reading »

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Grèce et mine d’or : les cloches des églises sonnent pour la libé­ra­tion de 2 habi­tants de Ierissos

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Libération après 6 mois de détention provisoire injuste : les cloches ont sonné dans le village de Ierissos !

BWiv8T6IQAA8myDUn arrêt du Conseil des juges à trois membres du Tribunal cor­rec­tion­nel de Chalcidique, pré­sidé par Mme E. Parpoula, ordonne la mise en liberté de Giorgos et Vassilis,  sans cau­tion, mais assor­tie de clauses res­tric­tives. Les 2 habi­tants du vil­lage de Ierissos arrêté en pleine nuit étaient en déten­tion pro­vi­soire depuis 6 mois. Continue Reading »