Hundreds in Maui Protest a Solar Telescope in Effort to Stop Construction

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Hundreds of protesters gathered in Maui on Wednesday in an effort to form a blockade to stop a convoy delivering materials to Haleakala, the site of a new solar telescope.

Their opposition to the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope lies in the sacredness of the land, which is the driving force behind the protesters' demonstrations. Similar efforts to "stop the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on the Big Island" are also taking place in Mauna Kea, according to The Huffington Post.

While the controversial solar telescope has been challenged within the Hawaii Supreme Court, construction has continued despite being built on state conservation district land, according to Hawaii News Now.

Protesters blocked a road not only with various debris, such as rocks, glass and trees, but many used their bodies to stop the convoy from getting to Haleakala. 

While eight of the protesters were arrested on Wednesday, according to The Huffington Post, this set back won't stop their fight. They're inspired to protect the sacred land from construction and will continue to protest the construction of the solar telescope.

Will Hawaiian's win the battle?

 


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