Greece: Police station attacked in gold protest

AP News
Posted: Apr 10, 2013 1:16 AM

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Authorities say a police station has been attacked in a village in northern Greece where frequent protests have broken out against plans to develop a gold mine in the area by a Canadian mining company.

The attack took place in the village of Ierissos early Wednesday after police special forces entered the homes of two local residents and arrested them over their alleged involvement in a February arson attack at the nearby gold mine installations.

Local campaigners fiercely oppose the plans to develop the mine by Vancouver, Canada-based Eldorado Gold Corp. and argue that the venture will harm the economy in Greece's northern Halkidiki peninsula which relies heavily on farming and tourism.

Police said no officers were in the police station at the time of the attack.