Telescope standoff on Hawaii mountain goes into 5th day

HONOLULU (AP) — Hundreds of protesters trying to stop the construction of a giant telescope on land some consider sacred continue to gather at the base of Hawaii’s tallest mountain.

Protest leader Kaho’okahi Kanuha says Friday is shaping up to be another calm day. He says protesters have been bracing for law enforcement to show up in force ever since Gov. David Ige signed an emergency proclamation Wednesday giving authorities more control over access to the Big Island mountain.

That was the day officers arrested 34 protesters.

It’s the fifth day of protests at Mauna Kea in response to closing the road to the summit so that construction equipment can be taken up. No trucks have gone up.

There have been protests in other parts of Hawaii, including at the Capitol in Honolulu.

Categories: National & International News