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Gold Mining in Colorado 9
Colorado, United States
By Jon Cardwell
12 Mar 2014

Cloud over the Little Johnny mine, near Leadville Colorado.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 3
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
15 Nov 2013

A permanent road block in Ierissos, where people, citizens and activist surveile the entrance of Ierissos to prevent police attack.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 2
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
15 Nov 2013

Activists preparing the location for an antigold solidarity concert in Ierissos.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 21
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
26 Mar 2013

Activists outside the Court of Poligiros during a trial against the antigold movement.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 22
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
26 Mar 2013

View of Ammouliani island from Ouranopoli, 10 km far from Ierissos.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 23
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
26 Mar 2013

Asterix and Obelix banner in a road block in Ierissos surveilled by the antigold movement.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 25
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
26 Mar 2013

The beach of Stratoni and the mines infrastructure. In december 2012, more than half a mile of the bay, known for its large sandy beaches, clear waters, and abundant fishing, was streaked with pollution leaked from Stratoni.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 26
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
26 Mar 2013

Asterix and Obelix banner in a road block in Ierissos surveilled by the antigold movement.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 29
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
26 Mar 2013

Since April 2013 there are two road blocks in Ierissos, surveilled 24h by activists.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 30
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
26 Mar 2013

The police station in Ierissos burned in April 2013, after a police operation to arrest some activist in the village. Since April 2013 the police didn't come to Ierissos.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 5
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
26 Mar 2013

Skouries forest, where the El Dorado Gold company is building a new gold mine

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 6
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
26 Mar 2013

An activist during a demonstration in Skouries forest, to protest against the installation of a new gold mine by El Dorado Gold, a canadian company.

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Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
26 Mar 2013

Skouries forest, where the El Dorado Gold company is building a new gold mine

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 9
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
26 Mar 2013

Activist preparing the traditional souvlaki during a solidarity event in Ierissos.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 10
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
26 Mar 2013

Child play during the solidarity music festival in Ierissos this summer.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 11
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
26 Mar 2013

Two elderly people stand in front an antigold banner in Ierissos.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 12
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
26 Mar 2013

The centre of Ierissos, a small village in Halkidiki with around 3,000 inhabitants.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 13
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
26 Mar 2013

Katerina Igglezi, a member of Greek Parliament with the Coalition of the Left (SYRIZA) in her office in Ierissos.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 14
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
26 Mar 2013

Graffiti against the gold mines in Ouranopoli, the last village before the Monte Athos territory.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 15
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
26 Mar 2013

Graffiti against the gold mines in Ouranopoli, the last village before the Monte Athos territory.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 17
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
26 Mar 2013

A road block situated in one of the main entrance of Ierissos, a small village without police station since it has burned in April 2013.

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Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
26 Mar 2013

Activists are waiting for the trial in Poligiros where a couple of women are accused of violence and resistance against a police officer.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 20
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
23 Mar 2013

During the trial against antigold mines activists in Poligiros

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La Rinconada, into the gold's bubble 3
La RInconada, Peru
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
20 Jan 2013

A "Pallaquera" (a woman who selects stones from the mine dumps looking for gold) is pictured at work in La Rinconada, Ananea, Peru.

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La RInconada, Peru
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
20 Jan 2013

A "Pallaquera" (a woman who selects stones from the mine dumps looking for gold) is pictured at work in La Rinconada, Ananea, Peru.

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La RInconada, Peru
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
17 Jan 2013

A miner guides a truck inside a goldmine in La Rinconada, Ananea, Peru.

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La Rinconada, into the gold's bubble
La RInconada, Peru
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
17 Jan 2013

17 January 2013. La Rinconada: A group of miners in a security check-point inside a goldmine in La Rinconada, Ananea, Peru, are waiting their turn to work.
La Rinconada was a nice, quiet rural village in Peru’s Los Andes range twenty years ago. However, the economic crisis in the country and the discovery of gold changed the town completely during the nineties. Now, it is a crowded place where thousands of the poor from all over South America frequently immigrate looking for opportunity. The precious metal has transformed La Rinconada into a chaotic village of nearly 50,000 inhabitants (four times more than the past) with a serious lack of social services. The increase in the price of gold (25% last year and 600% in ten years) has pushed many more people to move up there.
Nowadays, the landscape in La Rinconada is full of metallic shelters built without official permits. There is no pavement, sewers and running water. It is full of rubbish and defecation everywhere. It is now a place with serious problems of alcoholism, drugs and crime. The police is nearly absent and illegal prostitution is always present. The use of mercury to separate gold from rock has created a high level of pollution that provokes aggressiveness among the population. This, added to the fact that La Rinconada is about 6,000 meters altitude, causes also breath sicknesses (especially among children) and the local clinic covers just 10% of the needs. Despite some apparent efforts of the local administration, the situation is getting worse year by year.
Photo by Albert González Farran.

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La Rinconada, into the gold's bubble 13
La RInconada, Peru
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
17 Jan 2013

"Pallaqueras" (women who select stones from the mine dumps) attend the afternoon briefing with their colleagues and the engineers of Corporación Minera Ananea in La Rinconada, Ananea, Peru.

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La RInconada, Peru
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
17 Jan 2013

La Rinconada: "Pallaqueras" (women who select stones from the mine dumps) go to work in La Rinconada, Ananea, Peru.

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La RInconada, Peru
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
17 Jan 2013

A "Pallaquera" (a man who selects stones from the mine dumps) is pictured at work in La Rinconada, Ananea, Peru.

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La RInconada, Peru
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
17 Jan 2013

A "Pallaquera" (a woman who selects stones from the mine dumps looking for gold) takes a rest outside her shelter in La Rinconada, Ananea, Peru.

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La Rinconada, into the gold's bubble 14
La RInconada, Peru
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
13 Jan 2013

A miner, on his way from work, crosses the main gate that connects the village with the goldmines, in La Rinconada, Ananea, Peru.