Friday, July 22, 2011

Hundreds in Romania slam minister over gold mine

Associated Press
BUCHAREST, Romania -- Hundreds of Romanians have condemned the country's culture minister for bringing the country one step closer to building of a long-disputed gold mine in the historically important Transylvania region.

In a letter to Culture Minister Kelemen Hunor published Thursday, protesters wrote: "We consider you responsible for an attack on our history ... We will defend our houses and properties until our last breath."

Hunor issued a permit last week saying there were no archaeological grounds to prevent Canada's Rosia Montana Gold Corp. mining company to go ahead with plans for the mine.

Signatories protest that a mountain will be leveled to build the mine, a mining area since Roman times.

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