12.5. 8.30 p.m.: Skouries - Golden promises, Dark Future
Halkidiki, the third most popular tourist destination in Greece, is threatened by a project involving 317 square km of mining concessions, underground workings and a new open-pit and underground mine in Skouries. According to Eldorado Gold, the Canadian company that owns all gold-mining projects in Greece, creating the Skouries mine alone involves digging a crater 700 meters in diameter and 200 m in depth, although it will probably be much larger. Local communities and environmental organizations have opposed the mining project from the outset, supported by negative reports against the mining activities by independent scientific organizations. The opposition is brutally repressed, and the scientific reports on the severe underestimation of the adverse environmental impact ignored.
We will discuss with Maria Kadoglou, member of the Helenic Mining Watch, administrator of http://antigoldgr.org/, and since many years an activist against the expansion of the mining activities. Prior to the discussion, we will screen documentary material about the history of the project and the struggles against it.