A man holds up a placard a protest in front of Romania's parliament in Bucharest October 20, 2013 against a Canadian company's project to set up Europe's biggest open cast gold mine in Romania and ... more 
A man holds up a placard a protest in front of Romania's parliament in Bucharest October 20, 2013 against a Canadian company's project to set up Europe's biggest open cast gold mine in Romania and plans by U.S. energy group Chevron to explore for shale gas in a poor eastern region. Plans by the leftist government of Prime Minister Victor Ponta to approve the tapping of natural resources in the European Union's second-poorest state have triggered nationwide protests since the start of September, throwing together local communities, environmentalists, civic rights groups and the clergy. While the two projects are separate and in different stages of development, protesters have criticised a lack of transparency in approving both. They demand stronger safeguards to protect Romania's environment and national heritage. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel (ROMANIA - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES CIVIL UNREST POLITICS ENVIRONMENT) less 
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Reuters | Photo By BOGDAN CRISTEL / REUTERS
Sun, Oct 20, 2013 4:48 PM EDT