Hawaii pro­test­ers ar­rested block­ing road to tele­scope

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Pro­test­ers on Hawaii’s Big Is­land have been block­ing the road to a moun­tain peak where one of the world’s largest tele­scopes is be­ing built.

Hawaii County po­lice spokes­woman Chris Loos said Thurs­day that some peo­ple have been ar­rested for block­ing the road to the Mauna Kea sum­mit, which is held sa­cred by Na­tive Hawai­ians.

Op­po­nents who ques­tion whether land ap­praisals were done cor­rectly and whether Na­tive Hawai­ian groups had been con­sulted have tried to pre­vent the con­struc­tion of the US$1.4 bil­lion Thirty Me­ter Tele­scope.

Kealoha Pis­cot­tia, a tele­scope op­po­nent, said 15 peo­ple were ar­rested Thurs­day when they tried to block trucks head­ing to the peak.

Af­ter the ve­hi­cles were al­lowed to pass, about 40 to 50 peo­ple be­gan fol­low­ing the trucks, which moved slowly be­cause of their heavy loads, she said.

About 300 pro­test­ers, whom she called “pro­tec­tors,” were on the moun­tain, Pis­cot­tia said. She was not on the moun­tain but was in con­tact with the pro­test­ers.

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