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The Latest: Telescope protest enters 4th day after arrests


Added 07-18-19 05:22:02pm EST - “The Latest on protests of a telescope on Hawaii mountain (all times local):” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “The Latest: Telescope protest enters 4th day after arrests”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A protest against construction of a Hawaii telescope has entered its fourth day as activists block a roadway to the top of a mountain considered sacred by some Native Hawaiians.

Activists have fought the $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope in courts and on the streets for years, but the latest protest could be their final stand as they run out of legal options.

Gov. David Ige has broadened the state’s power to keep activists off the mountain by signing an emergency proclamation.

Ige says officials haven’t yet decided whether to oust the protesters entirely, but the proclamation makes that possible.

Thousands of protesters joined a swelling effort to stop construction of a telescope they have long tried to keep off a mountain considered sacred to some Native Hawaiians, blocking a road to Hawaii’s highest peak and prompting the arrest of a group of elderly demonstrators.

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