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Hawaiian Land Defenders Protest Construction of Thirty Meter Telescope at Mauna Kea

HeadlineJul 16, 2019

And in Hawaii, hundreds of land defenders are protesting the construction of the contested Thirty Meter Telescope on top of Mauna Kea, which is considered a sacred native site. Activists say the construction of the telescope was approved without consulting the local native community.

Monday morning, protesters chained themselves at the base of the mountain’s road. Imai Winchester, who took part in the action, told NPR that they hope to inform people of the “desecration of our lands, [and] the failure of the state and its agencies to properly manage something that is important.”

The ACLU of Hawaii is warning enforcement authorities must respect the rights of protesters, and has threatened to sue if sound cannons are deployed. More direct actions are planned today and throughout the week.

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