Friday, September 11, 2015

Eight Activists Arrested At Mauna Kea Protest Of Telescope

State conservation officers arrested eight protesters on Mauna Kea early Wednesday morning for violating the state's new emergency rules that prohibit camping on the mountain, a Department of Land and Natural Resources spokesman said. DNLR officers arrested seven women and a man at a protest camp across the road from the Mauna Kea Visitors Center for being in the restricted area on the mountain. The protesters have been camping on the mountain in protest of the construction of the $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea. In the four-minute video of the arrests shot by the DLNR, some protesters formed a small circle and were chanting as officers approached them. One of the protesters can be heard on the video saying this was her first time at the protest camp and asking the arresting officers if there should have been a warning before the arrests were made.


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