Protest at Turkish embassy in Canada against gold mine project in northwest Turkey

Ecological activists, environmental groups and Turkish migrants held a protest in front of the Turkish embassy in Canada's Montreal to demonstrate against the construction of a gold mine in Turkey’s north-western Çanakkale province, Communist news site SoL said on Saturday.

Canada-based intermediate gold producer Alamos is planning to mine gold in the Kaz Mountains (or Mount Ida, as mentioned in Homer’s Iliad) using cyanide, a toxic substance that can be deadly for animals and humans in case of spills or leaks. A reported 20,000 tonnes of cyanide will be used in the mine.

Alamos has been wreaking havoc in the area as it prepares for the construction of a gold and silver mine. Over 195,00 trees have been felled, four times the amount indicated in the environmental impact assessment report approved by the ministry (ÇED) to make way for the mineral tenure.

Turkish migrants living in Montreal, representatives of the Communist Party of Canada, the Quebec Movement for Peace and environmental groups participated in the protest, SoL said.

The group said mining operations across the world carried out by Canadian companies plunder the natural resources belonging to the society and the destroys of the environment, according to SoL.

Following the destruction and the planned mine's future damages, ecological activists and environmental groups have rolled up their sleeves against the mine in Turkey, as well. 

Grassroots environment activist group Kazdağları Kardeşliği (“Kaz Mountains Fraternity”) has launched a “Water Watch” demonstration in the mine site. 

One of Turkey's greatest pianists and composers, Fazıl Say, will perform at the mine site on Sunday in support of the protests, Turkish news site T24 said, adding that the concert area is already packed with thousands of people coming from various cities.