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UPDATED: After 33 kupuna and one caregiver were removed and cited, police in riot gear descended on the scene of the TMT protest. But they later backed off.
UPDATED: As hundreds of telescope opponents gather for a second day at the base of Mauna Kea, others descend on the office of Gov. David Ige.
Updated: No one was arrested Monday as hundreds of people protested construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope.
UPDATED: Some Native Hawaiians think construction of a new telescope will desecrate a sacred site that already holds 13 other telescopes.
Officials are committed to escorting construction vehicles for the Thirty Meter Telescope up the mountain this week.
Opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope are expected to confront construction crews next week.
UPDATED: Opponents are still trying to stop the observatory from being built on Mauna Kea and the state is bracing for protests.
This is the latest complaint against the planned observatory, which is on the cusp of breaking ground atop Mauna Kea.
Hawaii has a higher percentage of foreign-born residents than other states but a lower than average census participation rate.
The federal poverty line already doesn’t take into account the state’s high cost of living.
Protestors say they’ll remain nonviolent, but fear the state and county’s response to their planned activism.