Skouries Gold Mine: Clashes between residents & police, tear gas in school

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Broader clashes between angry residents and police started on Tuesday morning in Ierissos, Chalkidiki, the area where the disputed gold mining triggers tension. Greek media report that the residents started the incidents when they attempted to hinder police units from searching in some homes of the area.

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Tear gas in school

There are claims  that police fired tear gas inside a school with the effect that two high school students fainted. They have been apparently transferred to the hospital, while parents of other students rushed to school to pick up their children. Former mayor of Stagira told Skai TV  this morning “teargas has been fired even at the school of Ierissos.” Greek police dismissed the claim.

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The local Association of Parents and Teachers issued a statement saying that police has invited two school children to testify on the arson attack and that police searched one of them at the school on Wednesday.

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The residents took to the streets already in the early morning upon the information that police had detained five locals suspicious for the arson attack at the Skouries gold mine in February.

Residents lite fires to protect themselves from the tear gas

According to latest media reports, the schools are closed, the church bells of the village are ringing, while the residents are gathered outside the police station.

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Good summary in Storify by @asteris

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