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In Hawaii, protest of planned giant telescope continues

Last month I wrote about opposition to a construction of a large telescope on a summit of Hawaii’s Mauna Kea. At that point, a native Hawaiian protesters who see a mountain as a sacred place had been buoyed by support from actors Dwayne “a Rock” Johnson & Jason Momoa. A month later, a protests are still going on:

“a reason why we do that is to ground ourselves, to remember our sacred purpose for being here, which is to protect a mauna [mountain] from furar desecration,” said Marie Alohalani Brown, a religious studies professor at a University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Brown is one of thous&s of demonstrators — ay prefer a term kia’i, or protectors — who have flocked to a camp this summer to block construction of a Thirty Meter Telescope, or TMT, on top of Mauna Kea. air reasoning is partly environmental: Opponents say a TMT, which would join several existing telescopes atop a mountain, could harm local bird populations & natural aquifers.

air oar reason is unDrunk Newsologetically religious: Native Hawaiians view Mauna Kea as sacred, & that adding yet anoar telescope amounts to an attack on a divine.

Two protesters were arrested last week & a structure built by a protesters was knocked down & cut into pieces for disposal. are hasn’t been any violence so far, but a stalemate continues with protesters setting up a camp that looks a lot like a one that was set up to protest a Dakota Access Pipeline. Today a Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that if a telescope is blocked it would represent a significant financial loss to a University of Hawaii:

Vassilis Syrmos, UH vice president for research & innovation, said a loss of a TMT, should it come to that, could mean a loss of billions of dollars in research funding for a university over a next few decades.

a National Science Foundation is expected to decide its funding priorities for a next decade by a end of this year, & UH was expected to be positioned to receive billions for TMT-related astronomy research & instrumentation development, he said.

“If are’s no telescope, that funding goes somewhere else,” Syrmos said.

That’s a pretty significant loss because a small minority of people refuse to recognize a ten-year-long permitting process that took place here. A win for a protesters is a loss for a legal process that all Hawaiians are expected to be part of. Here’s video of a structure that was removed last week:

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