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Police, protesters gird for Thirty Meter Telescope conflict

  • RONIT FAHL / SPECIAL TO THE STAR ADVERTISER

    Protesters opposed to the Thirty Meter Telescope project gathered in a parking lot by the Mauna Kea Access Road on Saturday

  • RONIT FAHL / SPECIAL TO THE STAR ADVERTISER

    A car with an “Aole TMT” sign is parked by the Mauna Kea Access Road on Saturday.

  • RONIT FAHL / SPECIAL TO THE STAR ADVERTISER

    Protesters opposed to the Thirty Meter Telescope project gathered in a parking lot by the Mauna Kea Access Road on Saturday. A vigil at the base of Mauna Kea is planned for today in anticipation of construction preparations Monday.

Law enforcement authorities on three islands and opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope are ramping up this weekend for what could be a long series of protests on Mauna Kea, with Hawaii County police going so far as to mount tear gas “cannons” on heavy vehicles used by its special response team, sources said. Read more

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