A woman and her children go past a referendum poster on her way to cast her ballots at a polling station for the parliamentary elections and a local referendum in Rosia Montana

 
A woman and her children go past a referendum poster on her way to cast her ballots at a polling station for the parliamentary elections and a local referendum in Rosia Montana
A woman and her children go past a referendum poster which reads, "We need work positions," on her way to cast her ballots at a polling station for the parliamentary elections and a local referendum in Rosia Montana, 428 km (266 miles) northwest of Bucharest December 9, 2012. Besides voting in the parliamentary elections, residents of the town took part in a referendum on whether they agreed with the relaunching of mining activities in the Apuseni Mountains and with the Rosia Montana extraction plan. The Rosia Montana Gold Corporation, which plans to open Europe's biggest open-cast gold mine in the town, and use cyanide to mine 314 tonnes of gold and 1,500 tonnes of silver, is facing strong opposition from some locals, civic rights groups and ecologists. REUTERS/Radu Sigheti