Cengiz Holding sent a letter to the villagers for the mine that Kazdağı wanted to operate in the Halilağa region:
“If you don’t buy your lands, we will apply to the Ministry and ask for expropriation in accordance with the Mining Law.”
Despite the resistance of the local people in Rize İkizdere, the AKP capital group, which uses all the means of the state to open a quarry, threatened the villagers to sell their fields to the gold-copper mine that they wanted to operate in Cengiz Holding Kazdağı. Cengiz Holding sent letters to the local villagers about the gold-copper mine, which it is working on to operate in the Halilağa region, such as threatening, “Come, buy your land, or we will apply to the Ministry and request expropriation in accordance with the Mining Law.”
BUYED FROM CANADIAN TO 55 MILLION DOLLARS IN 2019
Cengiz Holding, one of the most flourishing capital groups during the period of AKP governments with its mining, construction and energy investments all over the country, granted the gold mine license between Muratlar and Halilağa villages on the Bahramiç side of Kazdağı from Canadian Liberty Gold and Teck Resorurces in 2019 to 55 million. bought for dollars. The process of this gold mine project, in which the local villagers have been struggling for years, accelerated after it was taken over by Cengiz Holding.
In the letters sent by the company’s lawyer to the villagers around the mine, the threat was expressed that the villagers would sell their land to the company, otherwise they would request expropriation by making a request to the Ministry. In the letter calling on the villagers to negotiate in the hall in Hacıbekirler village on 28 May 2021, “If you do not participate in the negotiations or we cannot agree on the sale, the situation will be determined by a notary public and as a result, in accordance with the provisions of the Mining Law No. 3213 and the provisions of the Expropriation Law No. 2942. a request will be made to the relevant Ministry for its expropriation. ” statements were included.
“IS THAT PEOPLE REVA IN FARMER’S DAY?”
Commenting on the letters sent by the company as “officially threatening”, Mustafa Alper Ülger, one of the Muratlar villagers, who does organic agriculture in the region, said, “Are they worthy of peasants who try to exist and produce despite all kinds of adverse conditions on World Farmers Day?
On the one hand drought, on the other hand increasing costs and on the one hand, the mining company that coveted our land, water and consequently all life. We ask the authorities; Should we feed you or feed my mining companies? We can feed you good clean and fair food. But mining companies will feed you with absolutely unfair and haram money, ”he said. The local villagers did not have the EIA meeting they wanted to hold in September 2020 by protesting despite the company’s pandemic bans.
Map: TEMA Foundation
THE MINE AREA IS 730 METERS AWAY FROM THE VILLAGE
According to the EIA report, the company claims that it will do copper mining with open pit production method in the region and says “No production activity will be carried out within the scope of this project (Halilağa Copper Project) for the gold that is planned to be obtained by the underground mine production method.” The local villagers, however, express their concern that the company will run the copper and gold operations together. It has already been given for the copper-gold mine project in the EIA Report given to the mine in 2012. The distance of the other villages of the mine, which will be located 22 kilometers from Bayramiç District center, 0.73 kilometers from Hacıbekirler village and 1.74 kilometers from Muratlar village, is as follows; 4.42 kilometers from Halilağa village, 3.51 kilometers from Söğütgediği village, 3.19 kilometers from Yanıklar village, 2.33 kilometers from Osmaniye village.
MINE AREA CLOSE TO LAKES AND DAMS … NO COMMENT