About 300 demonstrators are attempting to halt construction on the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope, developers of which are supposed to interrupt ground on Hawaii’s Big Island this week.
Before the sun came across the summit of Mauna Kea, the island’s tallest mountain, a group of about half a dozen protesters chained themselves to a grate within the road on the base of the dormant volcano in a try to block employees from accessing the only paved road onto the what they say is a sacred site.
Winchester, a teacher from Oahu who was among the protesters chained to the highway, stated he arrived at about 3 a.m.
“Few of us committed ourselves to this action to convey light to the situation here,” Winchester advised. The purpose of the civil disobedience, he stated, is to tell folks about the “desecration of our lands, the failure of the state and its companies to properly manage something important.”
He added that he anticipated being arrested for the nonviolent protest however that it’s the group’s “burden as well as our privilege to show our children and the rest of the world how a lot we love our land.”
The 13 telescopes are already housed in a mountain situated at a dozen separate amenities, although five of those are scheduled to be decommissioned by the time the TMT is completed. In line with the University of Hawaii’s Meisenzahl, two telescopes are within the process of being dismantled, and another two have been recognized for removal in coming years. He added that a fifth telescope has but to be selected for removal.
“Hawaii is a unique place,” Meisenzahl mentioned, noting that protesters gathered on the mountain have been engaging in a peaceful, non-violent type of protest known as Kapu Aloha. “It is a small island, and everybody knows each other, so law enforcement and opponents are working collectively. Despite what is occurring today, it is a positive environment,” he added.