MPs, activists sign petition to evacuate gold company from Kaz Mountains in western Turkey

Duvar English

Some 209 signatories petitioned to have the Alamos Gold company evacuated from western Turkey’s Kaz Mountains on the 300th day of protests in the area.

Lawmakers from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) were among the 209 signatories that included non-governmental organizations, civilians and intellectuals.

“All gold mining projects in the Kaz Mountains should stop immediately and all licenses and all allotments should be retrieved,” was the first request in the petition.

The petition also called for Alamos Gold’s evacuation from the nearby Kirazlı district and for an annulment of all their projects.

“The area for the Kirazli Gold Mine Project that was shaved off should be ecologically rehabilitated to avoid having any other companies work there,” was another demand by the petition beyond Alamos Gold.

The petition asked that all improvements that were designed for the mining project still be carried out on public funds.

In addition, the petition called that locals are employed by the government, and not by mining companies.

“Residents’ demand for employment should be met by projects that are localized and that support ecological agriculture and tourism; local agricultural production cooperatives must be encouraged.”

The petitioners also called for a re-modeling of Turkey’s Mining Law and that all fines for “defenders of life,” presumably climate activists, be annulled.

from Duvar English

About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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