Thousands of Romanians formed a human chain around parliament to protest against a Canadian company’s plan to open Europe’s largest gold mine in a picturesque Transylvanian village.

The chain stretched seven kilometres around the parliament building in capital Bucharest Saturday, with protesters chanting “United we can save Rosia Montana”, the village where Gabriel Resources is hoping to extract 300 tonnes of gold and 1,600 tonnes of silver.

Critics warn that hundreds of families would be forced to move if the plan were to go ahead, and that four mountain tops could be destroyed.

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