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UH campus walk-outs draw hundreds of telescope opponents

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    Students and faculty met at UH-Manoa's Campus Center Courtyard before joining in the walk-out in protest to the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea. Among those calling for a stop to the building of the Thirty Meter Telescope are, from left, Kealii Gora, Lilikala Kame'eleihiwa and Kalama'ehu Takahashi.
  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    Ashley Maria handed out Ka Leo newspapers in front UH's Campus Center at a rally in opposition to construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope.
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Hundreds of students rallied at the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus Monday in a protest that was part of the UH system-wide walk-out called by foes of the Thirty Meter Telescope on the summit of Mauna Kea.

The walk-out was called by the Puko’a Council, the Native Hawaiian council of the UH system, which has also taken a stand against the $1.4 billion TMT project.

A separate letter urging TMT Corp. partners to divest from the project has garnered support from more than 150 UH and community organizations, departments, professors, staff and student organizations, organizers said Monday.

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