Miners protest Eldorado Gold's proposed mine suspension in Greece
An aerial view of a gold mine complex in Skouries, in the Halkidiki peninsula, northern Greece. (Hellas Gold via AP)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, September 13, 2017 3:07AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, September 13, 2017 8:15AM EDT
ATHENS, Greece - A group of miners from northern Greece are protesting outside the Development Ministry in Athens after their Canada-based mining company threatened to suspend investments in the country.
About 150 miners from the Eldorado Gold mine in Halkidiki were protesting Wednesday outside the ministry, shouting "hands off the mine." A small group pushed past police to enter the building, jamming themselves into the entrance's revolving door.
Eldorado, one of Greece's largest foreign investors, said Monday it would suspend operations on Sept. 22 over delays in the issuing of permits and that it would only carry out maintenance and environmental work if the licenses are not issued.
Accusing Eldorado of applying political pressure, the government says it wants more information from the company and that any differences should go to arbitration.