Save Rosia Montana Campaign History
Save Rosia Montana Campaign
Save Rosia Montana Campaign is the connection between the local opposition in Rosia
Montana, Romania, manifested in the Association Alburnus Maior, and activist all over
Romania fighting against Europe’s biggest, to be, open-cast gold mine planned in Rosia
Montana. Rosia Montana is a village in the Apuseni Mountains, Transylvania region,
Romania, and it’s the oldest documented mining settlement in Romania (1881 years).
Alburnus Maior is a grassroots NGO based in Rosia Montana village founded in September
2000 by the local people and the land owners in Rosia Montana. It regroups 300 families of
peasants in Rosia Montana and neighboring villages to oppose the largest gold mine
proposal in Europe which entails the destruction of Rosia Montana and its surroundings.
Alburnus Maior opposes the mining project proposed by Rosia Montana Gold Corporation on
environmental, social, cultural and economical grounds.
In 2000, Alburnus Maior and approximately 40 Romania NGOs gathered in Rosia Montana
where they took a joint statement regarding the Rosia Montana project. This gave birth to
the Save Roşia Montană Campaign – the biggest environmental movement in Romania.
Resistance to the project has since spread across Romania. During over 10 years of
resistance, Alburnus Maior, through the Save Rosia Montana Campaign has successfully
mobilized thousands of people and has so far kept the mine from being realized.
The most important events that took place within the Save Roşia Montană
28 July 2002 - Alburnus Maior organized a public meeting in Roşia Montană. 250 local
people attended this event, as well as numerous representatives of Romanian and foreign
NGOs. The action culminated with a NGO statement against the RMGC project, especially
against the open-pit mining and cyanide usage, as well as against the forced relocation. The
statement was the first of its kind in post-Revolutionary Romania.
August 2002 – in response to a notice received from 20 Hungarian NGOs, the Hungarian
Environment and Water Management Minister made the first step towards the activation of
the Espoo Convention regarding the environmental impact in the trans-boundary context.
October 2002 – The International Financial Corporation within the Word Bank Group
abandoned its intention of financially supporting the project.
31 October 2002 - 14 representatives of the Roman Catholic, Unitarian and Calvin
Churches made public that they would not sell any property – church or land – to RMGC.
1 December 2002 – 40 of the most eminent Romanian archaeologists and historians send
an open letter to the Romanian president, stating why it is so important to save Roşia
Montană and how the mining project would destroy this unique site.
5 December 2002 – during its General Assembly, ICOMOS (International Council on
Monuments and Sites ) presented a resolution against the mining project, showing the
destructive impact of the project upon the Roman mining galleries in Roşia Montană.
ICOMOS reaffirmed its position on the occasion of every General Assembly they held until
4 March 2003 – The Romanian Academy had asked all the Romanian authorities taking
part in the project to put an end to it, on the grounds of the environmental, geological,
historical, economical and archaeological conclusions. Through the numerous declarations
they made along the time and up until present times, the Romanian Academy has always
opposed the mining project.
16 September 2003 - Greenpeace Hungary organized a demonstration during which they
asked the Environment Minister to exercise the rights stipulated within the Espoo
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Convention. The convention refers to the fact that if project that could
have an trans-boundary impact, the neighbor states should also be consulted.
18 September 2003 – during a conference held in Cluj-Napoca, the representatives of the
orthodox, unitarian, Greek-catholic, roman-catholic churches made a joint statement
according to which they would never sell the church properties and that they have the
responsibility to support the local community in the fight against the RMGC project.
6 -11 October 2003 - Roşia Montană Solidarity March. Over 100 participants that have
gone from Cluj-Napoca to Bucharest by feet organized a public meeting in which they
expressed their disagreement towards the RMGC project and, at the same time, their
solidarity with the locals who do not want to relocate.
7 - 9 November 2003 – during its General Assembly, The European Federation of Green
Parties elaborated a resolution against the RMGC project.
9 November 2003 - Alburnus Maior together with 15 NGOs organized a night watch in
front of the Orthodox Metropolis in Bucharest, in order to encourage the Romanian Orthodox
Church to take a stand regarding the destiny of the churches and cemeteries in Roşia
Montană. Approximatively 250 people took part at this event and it was the first of its kind
in the Post-Revolutionary Romania. Two days after, the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church
announced that they are against the destruction that the RMGC project could cause upon
Roşia Montană and that its properties in Roşia Montană are not for sale.
10 December 2003 - Alburnus Maior was awarded the Civil Society Award for the most
active non-governmental Romanian organization in the public participation and civic
15 January 2004 The Ministry of Culture released an archaeological excavation certificate
for the archaeological heritage in the Cârnic Massive.
12 March 2004 Miklos Persányi, the Hungarian Environment Minister, demanded for urgent
explanations from the part of the Romanian authorities regarding the RMGC project and
signed the violation of the Espoo Convention by Romania.
28 martie 2004 – The Environmental Protection Agency of Alba County has stopped the
procedure for release of the environmental permit for RMGC for the forging campaign in
2004 in Roşia Montană.
21 May 2004 – Alburnus Maior received the Ecological University in Bucharest for its
activity regarding the protection and conservation of the natural and cultural environment in
27 June 2004 - The Romanian Ecological Party took a stand with respect to the RMGC
project, describing it as “killing” and emphasizing the danger of cyanide usage in the mining
28 June 2004 - Roşia Montană Gold Corporation sues Alburnus Maior in order to put an end
the publishing of the www.rosiamontana.org website, violating the following following rights
stipulated in the APC Internet Rights Charter: the right to share, the right to freedom of
expression and to access to knowledge, the right to freedom of information, the right to
engage in online protests.
14 July 2004 - 322 and professors from the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies sent
an open letter to the Romanian Government in which they reinforce their position towards
the RMGC project, project that is not in the best interest of the Romanian State and nor in
the best interest of the local people from Roşia Montană.
23 July – 3 August 2004, GreenPeace has organized the “Save Roşia Montană” informative
tour in order to inform the population on the mining project and its impact. On this occasion
27.000 signatures were raised and sent to Adrian Năstase, Romanian Prime-Minister at that
23-28 August 2004 – the second edition of the Roşia Montană Solidarity March takes
place, this time from Cluj-Napoca to Roşia Montană, crossing the Arieşului Valley
29 August 2004 – FânFest Protest Concert takes place in Roşia Montană. This first event
gathered over 4000 participants on the Jig-Văidoaia plateau, situated above Roşia Montană
Octombrie 2004 – Alburnus Maior Association, in partnership Romanian and foreign NGOs
published the report on the risks involved by the Roşia Montană project: “Anticipating
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surprise – Assessing risks; Investors Guide to Gabriel Resources Roşia
Montană Mine Proposal ”
16 November 2004 - activists from Romania, Hungary, Germany and Austria organized a
protest demonstration against the Roşia Montană mining project. On this occasion they
handed in 350.000 petitions asking the prime-minister back then, Adrian Năstase, to take
precise measures in order to put an end to RMGC's activities.
20 January 2005 – in response to Alburnus Maior demand for an urgent decision, Alba Iulia
Courthouse suspended the execution of the archaeological excavation certificate for the
Cârnic Massive that was included in the mining exploitation project.
31 January 2005 – European Parliament adopted a resolution regarding Romania's
progress towards EU adhesion. “The mining project in Roşia Montană poses a significant risk
to the environment of the entire region” , the European Parliament declared.
17 februarie 2005 – A committee made of professors from the Bucharest Academy of
Economic Studies made an analysis of the Roşia Montană project history, identifying its
weak points, that would prove mismatches and corruption related to RMGC mining project.
5 March 2005 – Applying the stipulations of the Espoo Convention, the Hungarian Minister
of Environment and Water Management addresses to his Romanian homologue 60 demands
as part of the environment evaluation impact procedure for the Roşia Montană mining
project proposed by Gabriel Resources.
March 2005 – Cârnic Massice in Roşia Montană was nominalized in the 2005 List of Sacred
Sites that are on the verge of extinction, a list that was organized by the Sacred Sites
International Foundation (SSIF) together with a committee formed of academicians and
18 April 2005 – The Goldman Environmental Prize – an international renowned award - is
awarded to Stephanie Roth, 34 years old, Roşia Montană, Romania – ex chief-editor of The
Ecologist Magazine. Annually, the famous Goldman Environmental award honors local
ecologists from six geographical regions. Roth was the expulsive force of the “Save Roşia
Montană” campaign, international campaign headed against the biggest outcast mine in
14 May 2005 – The first flash mob for Roşia Montană takes place in Cluj-Napoca. Its
message, addressed to the Environment Minister Sulfina Barbu was “Leave the beards!
Roşia Montană is not for sale” (word play: in Romanian, “Barbu: is very close to the word we
use for a “beard” )
19 June 2005 – 30 NGOs and European Parliamentarians subscribed to an appeal
addressed to the Environment Minister, the President of the European Parliament and to the
European Commission. This petition gave details regarding the severe mismatches that
were identified during the stage of defining the domain of the environmental impact
evaluation procedure for the Roşia Montană mining project.
20 June 2005 – Alba Iulia Courthouse passed an unprecedented sentence in which they
annul the grant of archaeological discharge certificate no. 4/2004 released by the Ministry of
Culture and Cults for the Cârnic Massive in Roşia Montană. As a consequence, the unique
Roman and pre-Roman galleries from the Cârnic Massive, as well as the Massive, are again
15 June 2005 - Alba Iulia Courthouse admitted a suspension request of the urbanism
certificate released for Roşia Montană Gold Corporation, a necessary step in the mining
project authorization procedure.
26-28 august 2005 – Fânfest - second edition - in Roşia Montană, got the popularity of a
festival that promotes Roşia Montană values and resources, to Gabriel Resources mining
project's detriment. In three days, the festival gathered 8.000 Romanians and foreign
18 December 2005 – Gabriel Resources tried to buy support from the NGOs for a Socio-
Economical Plan that would become part of the environment impact study for the gold
extraction project in Roşia Montană.
9 februarie 2006 – 400 people participated in Cluj-Napoca at the film premiere of the
documentary New Eldorado directed by the Hungarian director Tibor Kocsis. The
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documentary, that was awarded many prizes at festivals all over the
world, tells the story of the local people in Roşia Montană, locals whose lives are caught in
this struggle for gold.
14 martie 2006 – Approximatively 700 representatives of 240 environmental protection
organizations from Hungary sent an open letter to the Romanian Environment Minister,
expressing their disagreement towards the mining project in Roşia Montană. At the same
time, members of the European Parliament re-express their concern regarding the opening
of the controversial gold mine in Roşia Montană.
19 martie 2006 – The MindBomb Campaign for Roşia Montană raised the question of
environment pollution in relation to the state and local administrations unprecedented
corruption. 12.000 posters were posted on the streets of Cluj, Bucharest, Constanţa,
Timişoara, Arad, Bistriţa, Sibiu, Alba Iulia, Deva, Baia Mare, Oradea, Târgu Mureş, Sighişoara,
Petroşani, Valea Arieşului, Abrud, Câmpeni and Roşia Montană.
11 June 2006 – During the Transylvania International Film Festival Gala, Vanessa Redgrave
dedicated the award she received for her entire career, to the “Save Roşia Montană”
campaign, especially to the Alburnus Maior Association. Her gesture came in response to the
fact that Gabriel Resources was among TIFF sponsors.
10 iulie 2006 – The environment impact evaluation procedure for Roşia Montană was
contested through a protest that was organized in front of the Environment Ministry
July-August 2006 – The public consultations regarding the environment impact study have
been criticized by opinion leaders, experts and public that affirmed that these created a
propagandistic parade organized by and for the project initiators.
22 December 2006 – During a meeting with the Hungarian environment NGOs that took
place in Târgu Mureş, Markó Béla, president of the Democratic Union of Hungarians in
Romania, declared himself against the Roşia Montană project.
19 February 2007 – Alburnus Maior published the “Report regarding the public
participation and the access to information within the EIE Roşia Montană”. The report that
was sent to the Aarhus Compliance Committee demonstrates the violation of the public's
rights to access to environment information and to take part to the decisional process of EEI
Roşia Montană, rights that are fundamental to the Aarhus Convention.
22 February 2007 – The Architects Order of Romania (AOR) demand the Minister of Culture
to initiate the process of including the Roşia Montană site in the World Heritage List.
7 June 2007 - “Romanian without cyanide” Coalition officially initiates a complex
information and public participation campaign for the citizens regarding the legislative
proposition from Romania's Parliament of banning cyanide usage in mining, a legislative
proposition initiated by Senators Peter Eckstein-Kovacs and Gheorghe Funar.
21 June 2007 - ICOMOS addressed an open letter to the Romanian Government and to the
Prime Minister in which they demanded the immediate ceasing of the Roşia Montană
7 July 2007 – The open letter of the OPUS Architecture Workshop that edited the Cultural
Heritage Management Plan for Roşia Montană drew once more the Environment Minister's
attention regarding the forging of this documentation related to its inclusion in the Roşia
Montană Environmental Impact Assessment
21 July 2007 – Cluj Courthouse admited the annulment demand of the urbanism certificate
no. 78/ 26.04.2006 released by the Alba County Council to Roşia Montană Gold Corporation
that allowed them to continue the assessment of the environmental impact procedure
24-26 August 2007 – The forth edition of FânFest took place in Roşia Montană, now
becoming the biggest environmental festival in Romania
28 August 2007 – A new cyanide spill occurred into the waters near Baia Sprie, Maramureş
12 September 2007 – Environment Mnister Attla Korodi suspended the EIM procedure for
Roşia Montană project for an unlimited period of time.
9 October 2007 – “Architecture – Restoration – Archeology” NGO (ARA) stated that no less
than 120 houses were being demolished. These actions were led by the project holder, as all
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the buildings for which the demolishing authorization was released
were placed in the protection area of some historical classified monuments.
27 November 2007 – Cârnic Massive is saved! Legal precedent in the protection of cultural
heritage domain is gained. The archaeological excavation certificate no. 5/2004 is annulled
through a definitive and irrevocable sentence.
23 January 2008 – Justice for Roşia Montană! Alba Iulia House of Justice decides that the
urbanism plans for Roşia Montană are illegal.
12 February 2008 – The civil society support the Environment Minister in the RMGC action
against the Environment Ministry.
5 May 2008 – The Senate voted for a legislative project that would allow Roşia Montană to
become an archaeological and natural reservation, by giving birth to the Reservation
Administration Department, in order to ensure the protection, conservation and the
restoration of the region. This project was later rejected by the Chamber of Deputies.
10 July 2008 – in response to the proposition made by the Romanian delegation, The
International Union of Architects adopts a resolution in which they demand the salvation of
10 September 2008 – The first hostel in Roşia Montană is inaugurated - “La Grubăr” . The
second one, that belongs to Eugen David, followed it, one year later.
25 November 2008 - ICOMOS demanded for the urgent intervention of the national
authorities in order to ensure the right protection of the Roşia Montană sit.
19 March 2009 – Timişoara Court of Justice decided that the Urbanism Certificate no.
105/2007 is rightfully suspended.
8 July 2009 – The Romanian Academy strengthened its position regarding RMGC project;
the President of the Academy declared that the “project is a stupidity, a big mistake, if not a
29 October 2009 – Gabriel fake and manipulative publicity was again brought to the
attention of The National Audiovisual Council of Romania
22 Decembrie 2009 – The questioning of the Minister of Economy, Trade and Business
Environment, Adriean Vindeanu, started with the apparition, in the same chamber, of the
protesters that revealed a banner that said “ Roşia Montană is not for Vi(N)deanu” (word
play, in Romanian Videanu is very close to the word meaning “selling”). This protest came in
response to the declarations he made related to the inclusion of the RMGC project in the
19 January 2010 – 70 environment protection NGOs adopted a joint statement in which
they criticized the inclusion in the government program of the much-debated Roşia Montană
mining project and also the recent public stands of several political figures regarding this
18 February 2010 - The Minister of Culture and National Heritage declared, through the
personal assistant of the Minister Kelemen Hunor, that they initiated the procedure
necessary for the Roşia Montană inclusion on the UNESCO world heritage list.
25 Aprl 2010 – “Ready to fight for Roşia Montană: Let's give Videanu the tomato!” The
Minister for Economy, Adriean Videanu, was executed by a platoon formed of tomato
throwers because he defended the interests of the Canadian company Gold Corporation. The
protests took place simultaneously in Bucharest, Cluj, Constanţa and Ploieşti.
04 May 2010 - European Parliament Deputies voted with 488 votes for, 48 against and 57
withholds, for a resolution that asked for the general prohibition of the mining technologies
based on cyanide in Europe, by the end of 2011.
15 May 2010 - Ad Astra Association, ran by Romanian scientists, publicly manifested its
disagreement towards the gold exploitation in Roşia Montană by RMGC.
May-July 2010 – Several protest actions take place against RMGC organized in Bucharest
by several organizations: Bucureşti, Re.Generation, Salvaţi Bucureştiul, Agenţia de
Monitorizare a Presei, Miliţia Spirituală, EcoCivica, Salvaţi Dunărea şi Delta, Noii Golani,
Heritage and R.P.E.R. and more.
13-15 August 2010 - FânFest now reached its fifth edition, that was especially dedicated to
its participants, but also to the proposal of nominating Roşia Montană as an UNESCO site.
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Unlike its other editions, FânFest took place in the center of Roşia
Montană. At the same time a photo petition was launched that underlined the public support
received by the initiative of including Roşia Montană historical minining site to the UNESCO
World Heritage list.
7 September 2010 - 106 NGOs, together with 10 Right Livelihood Award laureates
demanded the European Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Janez Potocnik, to take
measures according to the vote expressed by the European Parliament regarding the
complete banning of cyanide usage in mining in the European Union, by the end of 2011.
September - November 2010 - Protest actions took place in front of the Culture Minister
against the National Commission decision relative to the debate of a new request for an
archaeological excavation of the Cârnic Massve in Roşia Montană.
04 January 2011 – Through a joint statement, Pro Patrimonio, ICOMOS Romania and the
Romanian Academy demanded the Culture and National Heritage Minister to take
immediate actions in order to save the historical mining site at Roşia Montană, an
invaluable asset of the world heritage that was on the verge of extinction if the mining
project proposed by Roşia Montană Gold Corporation was authorized by the Romanian state.
20 January 2011 – “Mr. Hunor, Romanians want Roşia Montană in UNESCO!” During a
manifestation that took place in front of the Culture and National Heritage Ministry, 300
Romanians all over the country asked Minister Kelemen Hunor to add Roşia Montană on the
on the list with Romania's suggestions for UNESCO.
12 July 2011 – Based on RAC (Romanian Audiovisual Council), Culture Ministry and the
Direction for Culture and National Department of Alba County released a new archaeological
excavation certificate for the Cârnic Massve. The press release included false and absurd
declarations, that stated that the excavation was actually a prime step towards the
conservation of the area.
July 2011 – “Come to Hunoriadă!” This impulse was spread during a series of protests that
took place in Bucharest, Cluj, Sibiu and Iaşi that asked the Culture Minister to resign, as
instead of protecting the heritage, he is defending the interest of a mining company.
08 August 2011 – The joint statement of 77 Hungarian NGOs from Transylvania, regarding
Roşia Montană and Kelemen Hunor's attitude towards it.
12-14 august 2011 - "FânFest 2011" Weekend brought in Roşia Montană over 1.500
visitors that enjoyed the numerous activities, concerts and guided tours.
21-30 September 2011 – International Reclaim the Fields Camp – Several hundred
activists from all over Europe and Romania participated in unprecedented solidarity camp in
7 November 2011 – Occupy Conti for Rosia Montana - 6 Save Rosia Montana activists
occupy for 7 hours the former building of a hotel in the central square of Cluj Napoca in
order to stop misinformation and manipulation regarding the mining project of Rosia
Montana Gold Corporation.
7-11 November 2011 – Several flash mobs organized across Romania in solidarity with
Occupy Conti and Save Rosia Montana Campaign (Bucharest, Cluj Napoca, Timisoara, Tg
Mures, Brasov): Free hugs for Rosia Montana, Occupy the National Television, Occupy your
body with cyanide. Mass ‘suicide’, Country, country we want men-at-arms. Hundreds of
people join the actions.
24 November 2011 – During an action, 200 citizens submit to the Chamber of Deputies
100.000 signatures against the project proposal to modify the actual Mining Law, proposal
that would have given private mining companies the right to expropriate land owners in the
name of the state.
1 December 2011 – We stand United for Rosia Montana! – Save Rosia Montana Campaign’s
message was brought among Romanians through tens of flags and banners during the
National Day celebrations in Alba Iulia and Bucharest. Solidarity actions were organized in
front of the Romanian Embassies in Chisinau (Moldova), Wien (Austria) and Budapest
9 December 2011 – SRM Campaign expresses its critical observations towards the “Social
Liberal Union’s Vision on environment”. USL was the political party in opposition which
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integrated the Rosia Montana case in their political plans for the
12 December 2011 – Action at the Ministry for Administration and Interns – 20 activists
gave off in front of the building several “dangerous” objects they used in committing actions
in support of Save Rosia Montana Campaign: a pen that signed a petition, a brush that
painted a banner, a mouse that clicked for Rosia Montana etc. The activists expressed their
disagreement to the Police repressive actions whenever a Save Rosia Montana Campaign
January 2012 – Protests against austerity measures burst all over Romania. Save Rosia
Montana campaign was from the first day of actions present in the street claiming its
28 January 2012 – 500 people all over Romania gathered in Bucharest, near the Ministry of
Environment, in one of the most important street action in the past years. They protested
against the imminent decision of the minister to give the environmental permit to the
mining project. The protest continued in a march to University Square, the zero kilometer of
the protests still taking place in Bucharest.
6 february 2012 – 1881 of historical attestation of Rosia Montana mining settlement
celebrated in 9 towns in Romania and abroad. The event hosted documentaries on mining
and its impact around the world, presentations and debates and concerts.
16 february 2012 – 11 for Romania – The first Yes Men action in Romania for Save Rosia
Montana Campaign. Activists pretending to be the mining company went to negotiations
with the Football Romanian Federation that asked to be sponsored by Rosia Montana Gold
Corporation. FRF was committed to do anything that the “mining company” would say.
23 february 2012 – After 3 years, the locals from Rosia Montana and the representatives
of the Campaign are present in an open debate in prime time at the National Television
together with representatives of the Ministry of Culture and of Environment and the mining
company. The televised debate was gained after continuous pressure of the campaign and
its supporters: petitions, telephones, protests, boycott.
28 February 2012 – During the televised debate, the state secretary in the Ministry of
Environment publicly expressed its position in favor of the mining project and makes
scandalous mistakes regarding the evaluation of the project and its impact. Save Rosia
Montana Campaign together with 100 NGOs and public personalities ask the Prime-minister
to relegate the state secretary immediately.
1 March 2012 – Several supporters reveal in the 60 minute of a football match the
message “Romanian Football Federation = Rosia Montana Gold Corporation = the same
misery” in support of the 11 for Romania action. 50 policemen and private guards intervene
in force to kick out the supporters.
7 March 2012 – 150 people ask in front of the Ministry of Environment the resignation of
the state secretary in the ministry after being in favor of the mining project during the Rosia
Montana televised debate on the national Television. “Chemical Anton” or “Cyanide is a
poison, not an aliment”. “Anton loves cyanide/He is paid by the dictatorship” are some of
the protest messages.
10 March 2012 – Supporters of the national rugby team drop 2 banners in solidarity with
Save Rosia Montana: “Stop destroying Rosia Montana, Stop to corruption” and “Save Rosia
15 March 2012 – 6 Save Rosia Montana activists set up quarantine in the Ministry of
Environment in order to isolate the focal spot of corruption, incompetence and propaganda
inoculated by the mining company at very high level in ministry. They blocked the main
entrance in the building for almost 2 hours. 2 other spontaneous actions took place in front
of the ministry in the same day in solidarity with the “quarantine”.
5 April 2012 – SRM Campaign makes public the decision of the Alba Iulia Appeal Court to
annul irrevocably the urban plans of Rosia Montana that declared since 2002 the area of
Rosia Montana as mono industrial and not permitting the locals other economical activities
except for mining.
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6 April 2012 – After the resignation of the Ministry of Environment,
SRM Campaign addresses an open letter to the prime minister and interim at the ministry
containing the updates regarding Rosia Montana case.
12 April 2012 – In the night of April, 11th to 12th, the MindBomb group of artists, architects,
journalists and writers initiated an extensive poster campaign in 43 towns around the
country, launching the satiric message “Every Romanian will get a piece of gold from Rosia
Montana” accompanied by the overwhelming image of a golden Kalashnikov
bullet. Thousands of posters stream the streets proposing to create an autonomous and
independent space for free speech.
18 April 2012 – Alburnus Maior releases a press declaration to counteract the mining
company’s misleading press release on the latest urbanism plans.
3 May 2012 – Alburnus Maior announces the opening of the Tarina Pension in Rosia
Montana belonging to a member family of Alburnus Maior. After the urbanism plans are
annulled the locals want to show that tourism is possible in Rosia Montana.
June 2012 – Save Rosia Montana writes a letter addressing Romania’s Prime Minister to
relegate the new Economy Minister and initiates a petition for his resign because of
declarations in favor of the mining company.
20 June 2012 – the Campaign releases the TV and You Tube media campaign “A man
worth more than the gold he wears. So a country”. Total views on YouTube of 625,000 until
2 August 2012 – Release of the project “Adopt a house” in Rosia Montana: restoration of
patrimony houses in Rosia Montana with the practical involvement of volunteers.
15-19 august 2012 – The 7th edition of the cultural and ecological festival in Rosia Montana
– FanFest. Five days of documentary projections, peasant and handmade market, a social
activism forum, music, touristic guides, banner creation, protests, recreational activities,
theatre plays etc. More than 4000 people participating.