At least 15 people were arrested Thursday morning at a roadblock against the construction of a .4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii. The .4 billion project is called a desecration of the mountain, which is considered sacred to native Hawaiians. #TMTShutdown participants specify that they are protectors, not protesters. Sit-ins and roadblocks are underway in an attempt to shut down the project.
Police warned the protesters that they would be arrested if they continued to block vehicles on the road but the protesters refused to back down. Police confirmed at least 15 arrests and local activists have advised us that police hauled away a 70 year old woman in restraints even though she was not resisting arrest or even remotely dangerous.
The mountain is held sacred by Native Hawaiians and opponents question whether land appraisals were done correctly and whether Native Hawaiian groups had been consulted.
Protests against the TMT project are ongoing for several days now and construction has been effectively halted by the “Aloha Safety Check” roadblocks.
Last week, large equipment and machinery began moving up to the summit of Mauna Kea to begin construction on the Thirty Meter Telescope. The controversial project has sparked ongoing protests against both the University of Hawaii, which owns the land on the summit, and the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, which approved the lease to the TMT Corporation last year. Native Hawaiian cultural practitioners, environmentalists, and every day citizens have created the blockade across the access road to the summit and are peacefully preventing the equipment from moving to the construction site.
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