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Romanians protest against planned gold mine

A policeman stands amid tomatoes thrown by activists in front of the government headquarters as a municipal worker cleans them up in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. Demonstrators marched for a sixth day Saturday to protest against the government's plan to allow Canada's Rosia Montana Gold Corp. to dig for gold. The Romanian word for tomato is rosia. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- About 2,500 people demonstrated in Romania's capital on Sunday against a planned Canadian gold mine that would use cyanide in the extraction process. The project would create the biggest gold mine in Europe, razing four mountains to make way for an open pit mine.

"Save Rosia Montana," the protesters shouted, referring to the town in northwest Romania where the mine would be.

The protesters in Bucharest's University Square joined environmentalists and historians in urging lawmakers not to pass legislation that would approve the mine as a "special national interest" creating foreign investment and jobs in a deprived area.

They later blocked a main road in the city.

For the past week, there have been protests in Bucharest and other Romanian cities against the draft bill the government has put forward that would allow Canadian company Gabriel Resources to mine gold and silver there.