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Insight: Gold mine stirs hope and anger in shattered Greece

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A worker walks towards a tunnel at the Hellas Gold facilities in Skouries at Halkidiki region in northern Greece in this picture taken August 16, 2013. REUTERS/Deepa Babington

A worker walks towards a tunnel at the Hellas Gold facilities in Skouries at Halkidiki region in northern Greece in this picture taken August 16, 2013. REUTERS/Deepa Babington
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A woman sits on a bench below a banner that reads "Ouranoupoli says no to gold mining" at Ouranoupoli village, where more than 80 percent of locals oppose the gold mine project, in Halkidiki region, northern Greece, in this picture taken August 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lefteris Papadimas

A woman sits on a bench below a banner that reads "Ouranoupoli says no to gold mining" at Ouranoupoli village, where more than 80 percent of locals oppose the gold mine project, in Halkidiki region, northern Greece, in this picture taken August 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lefteris Papadimas
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A banner that reads "Our villages support the gold investment" is seen hanging above the main road of a mountain village near the mines in Halkidiki region, northern Greece, in this picture taken August 17, 2013. REUTERS/Deepa Babington

A banner that reads "Our villages support the gold investment" is seen hanging above the main road of a mountain village near the mines in Halkidiki region, northern Greece, in this picture taken August 17, 2013. REUTERS/Deepa Babington
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Logs are piled up in the forest area where Hellas Gold will construct an open pit to extract gold in Skouries, at the Halkidiki region, northern Greece August 16, 2013. REUTERS/Lefteris Papadimas

Logs are piled up in the forest area where Hellas Gold will construct an open pit to extract gold in Skouries, at the Halkidiki region, northern Greece August 16, 2013. REUTERS/Lefteris Papadimas
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Mayor of Aristotles municipality Christos Pachtas, a strong supporter of the gold mine project, gestures during an interview with Reuters in Arnea village at Halkidiki region in northen Greece August 17, 2013. REUTERS/Lefteris Papadimas

Mayor of Aristotles municipality Christos Pachtas, a strong supporter of the gold mine project, gestures during an interview with Reuters in Arnea village at Halkidiki region in northen Greece August 17, 2013. REUTERS/Lefteris Papadimas
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