Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu ordered the construction of a copper mine in northeastern Turkey to halt until a court decides on its fate, following days of protests. Davutoğlu received representatives of protesters in Ankara on Wednesday and discussed the planned mine in Cerattepe, a district in the northeastern province of Artvin.
The site of the proposed copper mine has seen a string of riots for days over by protesters who argue that the mine, owned by a private company, would substantially damage the lush environment surrounding the mountain.
The prime minister, flanked by several cabinet ministers and deputies, met representatives of the Green Artvin Association, the nongovernmental organization which spearheaded protests ongoing since last week, meeting as well with academics and community leaders to discuss the issue.
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