The poster reads:
Saturday, November 24th, Thessaloniki: Demo against the golden death
Gathering location: White Tower of Thessaloniki (Lefkos Pyrgos), by 11am
After the demo, there will be an open discussion/assembly
for upcoming actions at the Ciné ‘Alexandros’
Thursday, November 29th, 7pm:
Ioannina, in Antiviosi squat
Friday, November 30th, 7pm:
Athens/Keratsini, in Resalto – Corfu, in Elaia squat
Saturday, December 1st, 7pm:
Athens/Exarchia, in Autonomo Steki – Agrinio, in Apertus squat
Sunday, December 2nd, 4pm:
Athens/Ilion, in Agros
Open Coordinative of Thessaloniki
against the goldmines
Here follows the callout for a demonstration and open assembly against the goldmines on the 24.11.2012 in the city of Thessaloniki:
‘The mines of Halkidiki are a golden opportunity that should not go wasted’
11.000.000 euro: The price that Hellas Gold paid to obtain the mining rights of an area of 317.000 acres in northern Halkidiki (also Chalkidike). The contract was signed with the Greek State after the intervention of Mr. Pachtas, the then under-secretary of Finance and now mayor of Aristoteles municipality. There was no competition prior to the contract. There was a direct commission instead to a company that had only been established two days before (a company with a stock capital of 60.000 euro!). Moreover, according to the terms of the contract, the company was exempt from any obligation regarding the reparations that were due because of the ecological damage that the Canadian TVX Gold had caused in the area (the latter company disappeared one night into thin air leaving 472 workers without pay; in total the company’s debt towards workers was 17 million euro).
95.700.000 euro: The profit that Leonidas Bobolas, Dimitrios Koutras and Frank Timiş (the main stockholders of Hellas Gold) made after they gradually broke the company in fragments and then sold them to the mother multinational European Goldfields.
408.000.000 euro: The market value of the mines according to the estimate that a global financial services firm gave six months after their signing over by the Greek State, which means that the value grew 37 times higher than the price paid. This did not stop the then government to subsidize Hellas Gold with 15.000.000 euro.
2.300.000.000 euro: Today’s value of the mines in the Toronto Stock Exchange, after the takeover of European Goldfields by Eldorado Gold Corporation, which now controls 95% of Hellas Gold shares. Eldorado Gold is a Canada-based multinational corporation and its main investors are funds and banks like J.P.Morgan and Goldman Sachs.
15.436.000.000 (!) euro: The value of the minerals that lie in the mines of Halkidiki.
0 euro: The profit of the Greek State. According to the Mining Code, the ore resources and deposits of mines belong exclusively to the companies that exploit them, and there is no clause of rendering any mining rights to the State due to their exploitation. This is reason why the IMF/ECB/EU Troika refused to accept the proposal of the Greek government, which offered the Halkidiki mines as a guaranty during negotiations for the loan agreement. Continue reading November 24th – December 2nd: Week of action against the gold-mining projects in the Halkidiki Peninsula in northern Greece