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A local press journalist interviewing people during the protest against mining taking place in the Alba County village of Rosia Montana, in the Apuseni Mountains. Rosia Montana has for the last decade been centre stage in a fierce battle between a Canadian mining company and a few hundred locals backed by environmentalists. The Rosia Montana Gold Corporation (RMGC), 80 percent owned by Gabriel Resources of Canada, are chasing 330 tons of gold and 1,400 tons of silver, which it wants to extract using cyanide in what would be Europe's largest open-pit gold mine. The conflict has brought life to a virtual halt in Rosia Montana, blocking development and devastating the village's economy..