The Latest: Police take Hawaii telescope protesters off road

ABC News | 7/17/2019 | Staff
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The Latest on protests of a telescope on Hawaii mountain (all times local):

8:20 a.m.

Police - Protesters - Access - Hawaii - Peak

Police are removing protesters who are blocking access to Hawaii's tallest peak where a telescope will be constructed on land some Native Hawaiians consider sacred.

Protest leader Kealoha Pisciotta tells The Associated Press that police are taking Hawaiian elders off the road leading to Mauna Kea on the Big Island.

Pisciotta - State - Law - Enforcement - Official

Pisciotta says a state law enforcement official told protesters earlier Wednesday that police would be coming in to arrest those who are blocking the road.

She says the protesters' plan is for hundreds of protesters to move to the side of the road and allow police to take away about 30 elders, who are willing and ready to be arrested.

Officials - State - Arrests

Officials with the state wouldn't confirm that arrests are happening.

12 a.m.

Astronomers - Telescopes - Top - Hawaii - Peak

Astronomers have stopped peering through 13 telescopes on top of Hawaii's tallest peak as protesters block the road to try to prevent construction of a giant observatory on the mountain that some Native Hawaiians consider sacred.

Dozens of researchers from around the globe won't be able to gather data and study the sky atop Mauna Kea, one of the world's best spots for astronomy with clear weather nearly year-round and minimal light pollution.

Observations - Staffers - Access - Summit - Safety

Observations won't resume until staffers have consistent access to the summit, which is needed to ensure their safety, said Jessica Dempsey, deputy director of the East Asian Observatory, one of the existing telescopes.

"Our science time is precious, but in this case, our priority is just to make sure all of our staff is safe," Dempsey said.

Announcement - Native - Hawaiian - Protesters - Base

The announcement came as Native Hawaiian protesters blocked the base of the road for a second day Tuesday. They object to construction of the $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope, which is expected to be one of the world's most advanced when it's built, out of...
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