Dozens of foreign protesters arrested in Greek goldmine demo

Gold mine workers protest against the government's plan to scrap a gold mine project in the Halkidiki peninsula, in Skouries on February 15, 2015Dozens of mostly foreign protesters were arrested following clashes with police on Sunday after a demonstration against a disputed Canadian-operated goldmine in northern Greece, authorities said. Nearly 80 protesters, mostly Germans, Britons, Italians and some Bulgarians, were rounded up after allegedly throwing stones, bolts and other projectiles at riot police guarding the site on the Halkidiki peninsula, the authorities said. Anti-mine protesters claim the project will cause irreversible harm to the environment, draining and contaminating local water reserves and filling the air with hazardous chemicals including lead, cadmium, arsenic and mercury.

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