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Thirty Meter Telescope demonstrations spark political unease

  • Video Bruce Asato, courtesy Gov. David Ige and Tulsi Gabbard

    Gov. David Ige said Friday he will not call in additional Hawaii National Guard troops at this time. Ige told reporters he never contemplated the use of tear gas on demonstrators on Mauna Kea.

  • Video by Bruce Asato /

    Mauna Kea opponents issued sharp responses to Gov. David Ige's press conference on Friday.


    Protesters continued their opposition Friday to the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea. Pua Case spoke of being and staying safe in their nonviolent direct action during her morning address.

Gov. David Ige has been reluctant to this point to give the go-ahead for the mass arrests that would likely be required to clear the road to the construction site. But on Friday afternoon he signaled he was not backing off. Read more

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