Protesters Rally Around Mauna Kea As Observatory Construction Continues

Hundreds of protesters in Hawaii have blocked the construction of what would become one of the world's largest telescopes.
Native Hawaiians say the billion-dollar, 18-story observatory called the Thirty Meter Telescope will harm sacred land on the Big Island's Mauna Kea mountain.
The protesters gathered more than 9,000 feet up the mountain to block workers who intended to install fencing near the summit.
Construction crews eventually turned around and retreated from the site.
Officials said Hawaii County police made one arrest while state Department of Land and Natural Resources police arrested 11 others.
Prior to this, the project was stalled for months after protesters blocked access to the mountaintop in April.



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