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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
Lerissos, Greece
By Transterra Editor
26 May 2013

In the birthplace of the ancient philosopher Aristotle, a popular movement fight against the aperture of a new gold mine in the Skouries forest, owned by El Dorado Gold, a canadian company. In Halkidiki region, in the north of Greece, El Dorado is planning to build a combination of open-pit and underground gold mines, linked to its existing Stratoni lead-zinc mine.

In December 2003, the Cassandra Mine assets of TVX Hellas S.A. in the Halkidiki peninsula were transferred by law to the Greek State for 11 million euros. They were sold the same day to Hellas Gold S.A. for the same price, without any economic assessment of the assets or an open competition.

According to Greek mining regulations, the company has full possession of the minerals contained in the concessions granted and there are no royalties payable to the State – providing little economic security to the region or the State. Due to current political instability in Greece and the accompanying state-wide austerity measures, Greek authorities have displayed little tolerance for displays of opposition from citizens in the region.

At the end of October 2013, the movement was accused to be "a criminal organization" after tapping journalists and activists.

Photos and Text by Michele Lapini

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"I Don't Pay Movement", Greek Austeri...
Athens,Greece
By giorgos33
01 Apr 2013

Members of the " I Don't Pay" movement protest against gold mining in Halkidiki.

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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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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 7
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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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 19
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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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 1
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
31 Dec 2012

A boa builer discussing the consequence of mines for his job. Tourism, fisheries and agriculture are affected by the mines' activities.