Thousands march against Canadian gold mine in Romania
BUCHAREST (AFP) - Some 20,000 Romanians took to the streets on Sunday protesting against a Canadian company's plan to open Europe's largest gold mine in the heart of Transylvania, in the biggest rallies since the mobilisation started two weeks ago.
Canadian firm Gabriel Resources hopes to extract 300 tonnes of gold in Rosia Montana with mining techniques requiring the use of thousands of tonnes of cyanide.
The decision by the centre-left government to approve a draft law speeding up the opening of the mine has been the trigger for protests.
In Bucharest, more than 10,000 people marched for several hours in the city centre chanting "United we can save Rosia Montana" and calling for the government's resignation.