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    More than 25.000 people protest in Bucharest against the Rosia Montana project

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Laura Muresan has been documenting ongoing protests in Bucharest, Romania, over a controversial mining project. The mining project would use cyanide to mine 314 tons of gold from the historic site, according to data from Gabriel Resources Ltd., the Canadian company behind the project. The company says it has commitments to environment and cultural heritage issues and says the project is a 'world-class, long-term and sustainable investment,' while critics say the move will destroy historic villages and ancient gold mines. Muresan says that as a freelance journalist, she feels a need to report on the issue and the protests she is seeing. 'The atmosphere was amazing. So many people gathered for the same purpose gave me goosebumps. I felt the energy of the people in every detail, every shout, child, stare. This was the biggest protest I have ever seen.' Please note that estimates of the crowd size may vary and are difficult to confirm.
    - nsaidi, CNN iReport producer

    On the 15th of September 2013, at 5 pm people gathered in University Square in Bucharest to protest once again against the Rosia Montana mining project. This action took place in many cities not only from Romania but from all over Europe. This protest was the biggest yet. By the end, there were more than 25.000 people protesting. In 2 hours before the march began at 7pm, they chanted "United, we save Rosia Montana", "Not the corporation makes the legislation" and "Get out of the house if you care". This time, new things were written on the banners: "You don't need gold to shine", "On Romanian land, I don't want to be poisoned", "For 800 jobs, Romania loses 400 tones of gold". Moreover, the march had a different path. From the University Square, they went towards the Unirii Square and from then on Unirii Boulevard and continued on Nerva Traian Boulevard and then back to the University Square.

     

    The protests against the Rosia Montana project take place not only in Bucharest but in many other cities from Romania and Europe.

     

    "Parliament should move as quickly as possible to reject the project given widespread popular and political opposition", Mr. Ponta said yesteday 9th of September, according to reports. Following the recent statements of Mr Victor Ponta, Prime-minister of the Romanian Government, the Save Rosia Montana Campaign announces that street protests will continue until:

    - the Parliament’s Chambers – the Senate and the Deputy Chamber – will reject through vote the law proposal;

    - the Government will imediatelly reject through governmental decision the environmental permit for the Rosia Montana gold mine;

    - Rosia Montana will be included on Romania’s Tentative List for UNESCO

    - Cyanide use in mining will be strictly forbidden.

    - The immediate resignation of the law proposal’s initiators: minister for big investments (Dan Şova), minister for the environment (Rovana Plumb), minister for culture (Daniel Barbu) and the director of Romania’s Agency for Mineral Resources (Gheorghe Duţu).

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