Protest Again Delays Hawaii Giant Telescope Construction

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Work on the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope on the Big Island of Hawaii was delayed again Wednesday after construction vehicles were blocked by hundreds of protesters, who say the giant telescope is being built on land sacred to Native Hawaiians.

Protesters pushed boulders into the road to the construction site atop Mauna Kea and stood in the way of vehicles, forcing construction crews to retreat and cancel work for the day.Ten people were arrested.

Work on what will be among the world’s largest telescopes had been set to resume Wednesday after April protests led Gov. David Ige (D) called for a “timeout” on construction so that developers and protesters could discuss stewardship of the mountain. Ige has since announced his support for the project’s legality.

#BREAKINGNEWS: Hawaii DLNR (Department of Land and Natural Resources) agents just informed the hundreds of protestors who have gathered to prevent the Thirty Meter Telescope construction, that officers & TMT workers will be turning around and no longer asking anyone to leave or make any further arrests. More than 700 people gathered to stand in what they say is protection of a sacred Native Hawaiian space. Seven hours after protestors began lining up to prevent construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on the on the summit of Mauna Kea, only 10 people have been arrested and the TMT crew only made it about 1.5 miles up the road. More details tonight on Hawaii News Now Developing details: #HINews #BehindTheScenes #WeAreYourSource

Posted by Mileka Lincoln on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The telescope debate has been emotional for both sides.

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