Min­ers protest threat­ened mine sus­pen­sion in Greece

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A group of min­ers from north­ern Greece are protest­ing out­side the De­vel­op­ment Min­istry in Athens af­ter their Canad­abased min­ing com­pany threat­ened to sus­pend in­vest­ments in the coun­try.

About 150 min­ers from the El­do­rado Gold mine in Halkidiki were protest­ing Wed­nes­day out­side the min­istry, shout­ing “hands off the mine.” A small group pushed past po­lice to en­ter the build­ing, jam­ming them­selves into the en­trance’s re­volv­ing door.

El­do­rado, one of Greece’s largest for­eign in­vestors, said Mon­day it would sus­pend op­er­a­tions on Sept. 22 over de­lays in the is­su­ing of per­mits and that it would only carry out main­te­nance and en­vi­ron­men­tal work if the li­censes are not is­sued.

Ac­cus­ing El­do­rado of ap­ply­ing po­lit­i­cal pres­sure, the gov­ern­ment says it wants more in­for­ma­tion from the com­pany and that any dif­fer­ences should go to ar­bi­tra­tion.

Photo: AP

Em­ploy­ees work in­side a gold mine com­plex in Sk­ouries, in the Halkidiki penin­sula, north­ern Greece.

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