Romania: Thousands protests over gold mine plans

Romanians protest government plans to allow Canadian mining company to dig for gold

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Romania: Thousands protests over gold mine plans

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Protesters demonstrate against the proposed development by a Canadian mining company of Europe's largest cyanide based extraction open-cast gold mine in the Transylvanian town of Rosia Montana, block traffic during a rally in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday night, Sept. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Octav Ganea/Mediafax) ROMANIA OUT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Thousands of people have protested government plants to allow a Canadian company to dig for gold.

The government last week said that its decision — which requires parliamentary approval — to allow Canada's Rosia Montana Gold Corp. to dig for gold and silver is of "special national interest."

With estimated 300 tons of gold and 1,600 tons of silver, the mine would be the biggest gold mine in Europe.

Protesters are angry over the use of cyanide in the extraction process, and temporarily blocked a Bucharest square.

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