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Hawaiian Elders Arrested at Nonviolent Protest of Mauna Kea Telescope

HeadlineJul 18, 2019

And on Hawaii’s Big Island, police arrested 33 people Wednesday—most of them Hawaiian elders—as they blocked a road to prevent construction crews from reaching the site of a massive telescope being planned atop the Mauna Kea volcano.

Protester: “We have a right to worship god in the environment of our belief. Respect it!”

The site is considered sacred by Native Hawaiians, who say the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope was approved without consulting their communities. Just hours after Wednesday’s arrests, Hawaii’s Democratic Governor David Ige signed an emergency order granting police more power to clear the way for construction equipment.

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