Protesters responded that they would not stop blocking access to the job site, which they have said is sacred ground and should not be used to build.
Chin explains to the Hawaii state Board of Land and Natural Resources that simply saying “no camping allowed” is vague; too vague, in fact, to enforce.
The around-the-clock protests have stalled construction of the $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope. More than 40 protesters were arrested during the two days that crews unsuccessfully attempted to restart construction. Protesters on June 24 had blocked the road with rocks and boulders.
Supposedly, these reports contain a variety of activity from bomb threats on Facebook to protestors making “throat-slashing gestures” towards workers of an existing telescope nearby as well as protestors taking items from the gift shop. But the protests are getting some bad press.
University spokesman Dan Meisenzahl said the troublesome incidents represent a “very, very small number of the overall people who have been up there throughout the months”.
“Kill the haoles, kill the tourists”, shouted one demonstrator, who had been “ranting, raving and cursing loudly” for some time before that on an otherwise quiet Tuesday morning in April. The new rule is designed to allow construction to resume. State officials said everyone who wants to testify will be heard. Those opposed to the law, however, said the restrictions would prevent native Hawaiians access to the mountain to practice their religion.
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