Solidaritate si protest la Rosia Montana

26 09 2011

Rosia Montana, 24 septembrie 2011 – Participantii la Tabara Internationala de Solidaritate de la Rosia Montana [1], alaturi de asociatia Alburnus Maior [2] de la Rosia Montana, au organizat o animata demonstratie  in Centrul Vechi al Rosiei Montane. Activistii de la Rosia Montana si cei veniti din multe tari la Tabara Internationala de Solidaritate de la Rosia Montana se opun planurilor de deschidere la Rosia Montana a celei mai mari mine de aur din Europa si unei noi legi privind exproprierea pentru proiecte miniere care se dezbate acum in Parlamentul Romaniei. Legea ar permite companiilor miniere private, in locul statului roman si al instantelor de judecata sa exproprieze locuitorii afectati, ceea ce ar fi o incalcare evidenta a drepturilor lor.

Actiunea, la care o orchestra de samba a calauzit un alai de mai multe sute de persoane, a curpins reprezentatii de muzica live, schimburi de seminte traditionale si multe luari de cuvant ale activistilor care si-au impartasit  experientele din lupte similare de peste tot din lume.

Mina propusa de Rosia Montana Gold Corporation [3] ar duce la distrugerea Rosiei Montane si ar folosi controversata metoda a cianurarii, punand astfel in pericol cursurile de apa din Romania dar si din afara ei in cazul unui accident. Opozitia locala impotriva proiectului minei de aur a luat fiinta in anul 2000 imediat dupa ce compania canadiana si-a dezvaluit planurile de exploatare. De atunci miscarea de rezistenta s-a extins pe plan national. De-a lungul celor 10 ani de lupta impotriva proiectului minei de aur, Alburnus Maior, prin Campania Salvati Rosia Montana, a mobilizat cu succes sute de mii de oameni si a impiedicat pana la momentul de fata implementarea proiectului minei.

„Si eu si alti oameni de la Rosia Montana am fost miscati de aceea ca oameni din 22 de tari au venit sa-si manifeste solidaritatea fata de noi si au creat acest eveniment unic in Romania. Suntem o familie internationala, cu membri care vin din tari ca Singapore, Brazilia, Canada sau Croatia si impreuna luptam impotriva distrugerii si a lacomiei capitalismului. Azi, la Rosia Montana, oameni cu situatii similare cu a noastra si-au impartasit lucrurile care ii fac puternici. Acum suntem mai puternici si vom castiga”, a declarat Eugen David, presedintele Alburnus Maior.

Participantii la Tabara Internationala de Solidaritate si-au asumat un angajament ferm de sprijin fata de lupta oamenilor de la Rosia Montana impotriva proiectului minier si vor intreprinde pe viitor multe alte actiuni de sprijin.

IMAGINI:
http://linksunten.indymedia.org/node/47503

INFORMATII SUPLIMENTARE:
[1] Reteaua internationala Reclaim the Fields (www.reclaimthefields.org) este dezvoltata de activisti si fermieri din Europa, punand in legatura actiuni locale de protest cu campanii de rezistenta pe probleme globale. Reclaim the Fields lupta impotriva interesului corporatist cu un impact abuziv si destructiv asupra comunitatilor locale, valorilor culturale si mediului inconjurator.
Intre 21-30 septembrie 2011 sute de activisti de peste tot din Europa si Romania s-au reunit la Rosia Montana pentru a participa la o tabara de solidaritate fara precedent. Evenimentul este organizat de Reclaim the Fields impreuna cu Asociatia Alburnus Maior (www.rosiamontana.org), cu sprijinul substantial al asociatiei de tarani  Eco Ruralis (www.ecoruralis.ro) dar si al multor alte organizatii si persoane de peste tot din Europa.

[2] Asociatia Alburnus Maior reuneste oamenii de la Rosia Montana care se opun proiectului celei mai mari mine de aur din Europa care ar duce la distrugerea Rosiei Montane si a unei largi zone din Muntii Apuseni. http://www.rosiamontana.org

[3] Rosia Montana Gold Corporation este detinuta in proportie de 19.31% de catre compania de stat Minvest, restul actionariatului fiind distribuit intre Gabriel Resources, Newmont si Barrick Gold.

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English version

International Reclaim the Fields camp joins Rosia Montana against the new Romanian expropriation law

Today, 24 September at 15:00 o’clock, the international participants of the Reclaim the Fields camp [1], together with the local association Alburnus Maior [2], from Rosia Montana, Romania, held a lively street demonstration in the village’s Old Square. Local and international people are opposing plans to open Europe’s largest open cast gold mine and a proposed new law on expropriation currently being discussed in the Romanian parliament. The law would enable private mining companies, instead of the Romanian state and judicial system, to carry out forced expropriation of residents, in a clear violation of human rights.

The samba band headed a procession of several hundred people through the village, followed by live music, a seed exchange and speeches outlining experiences from similar struggles all over the world.

The gold mine proposed by the Rosia Montana Gold Corporation [3] would destroy the village of Rosia Montana and introduce controversial cyanide leaching technology, threatening rivers in Romania and beyond in case of an accident. Local opposition to the gold mining project emerged almost immediately in the year 2000 when the project was announced by Canadian company Gabriel Resources. Resistance to the plan has since spread across Romania. Over 10 years of resistance, Alburnus Maior, through the Rosia Montana Campaign has successfully mobilized thousands of people and has so far kept the project from being carried out.

„It was a touching day for me and Rosia Montana community because from 22 countries came to support us and together we created an unique event in Romania. We are an international family from Croatia to Canada and from Singapore to Brazil and together we are fighting to stop destruction and capitalism. Today in Rosia Montana people with similar stories shared their strength. We are stronger now and we will win”, declared Eugen David, the president of Alburnus Maior.

The participants of the Reclaim The Fields camp are strongly committed to support the local struggle of Rosia Montana’s inhabitants and promise to undertake further actions in the near future.

CONTACTS:

Eugen David – president Alburnus Maior (Romanian) +40 740 280 309

Ramona Duminicioiu – member of the Save Rosia Montana Campaign (Romanian, English, French) +40 746 337 022

Phone/Fax: +40 264 599 204 / E-mail: alburnusmaior@ngo.ro / camp2011@reclaimthefields.org

NOTES FOR EDITORS:

[1] The Reclaim the Fields movement (www.reclaimthefields.org ) brings together food growers and farmers around Europe that are connecting local practical action with global political struggles. Reclaim the Fields stands against corporate interests that abuse local communities, cultural values and the environment.

Between 21-30 of September, 2011, several hundred activists from all over Europe and Romania are participating in an unprecedented solidarity camp in Rosia Montana – Romania. The event is organized by Reclaim the Fields together with the Alburnus Maior Association (www.rosiamontana.org ), with strong support from the Romanian peasant association Eco Ruralis (www.ecoruralis.ro ) and numerous organizations and individuals from across geographical Europe.

[2]  Alburnus Maior association represents the local opposition from Rosia Montana againstthe largest gold mine proposal in Europe which entails the destruction of Rosia Montana and a large area of the Apuseni Mountains in Romania. http://www.rosiamontana.org

[ 3] Rosia Montana Gold Corporation is 19.31 percent owned by the Romanian state with the remaining shareholders including Gabriel Resources, Newmont and Barrick Gold.

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