Protesters halt construction of Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) atop Mauna Kea, Hawaii

The planned resumption in construction of the TMT at the top of Mauna Kea, the highest mountain in the Hawaiian Islands, was halted today through the
efforts of hundreds of protestors who blocked the road leading up the mountain with rocks, boulders, and their own bodies.

Reports state that 11 were arrested in the showdown, but that construction crews were forced to turn around rather than resume work that began in
October of last year.

The planned construction has been a serious matter of debate on the Big Island. I personally witnessed many, many people lining the roadways of the
island today in a show of solidarity with the protesters who blocked access to the top of the mountain. Construction was halted in April to address
the concerns of those opposed to the work, and set to resume today. Evidently that did not happen.


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