Protesters Arrested In Hawaii Over Construction Of Massive Telescope On Sacred Land

Written by Alyssa Brook July 18, 2019
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Protesters Arrested In Hawaii Over Construction Of Massive Telescope On Sacred Land

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Protesters in Hawaii are being arrested over the construction of a massive new telescope on sacred land.

According to CNN, 33 protesters were arrested on Wednesday, they were released after a few hours. Some of them were elderly and needed canes to walk.

Gov. David Ige said he issued the order on Wednesday to “protect the health, safety, and welfare” of the people of Hawaii.

“Our top priority is the safety and security of our communities and the TMT construction teams. This is a long-term process and we are committed to enforcing the law and seeing this project through,” Ige said.

The dispute is over a $1.4 billion thirty Meter telescope that would be the largest visible light telescope in the world, however, Native Hawaiians believe that the construction will damage the mountain, which the indigenous community holds sacred.

The protest is blocking the main road to the mountain.

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