Officials in Hawaii have said that they will not accept additional national police troops or use force on peaceful protesters who are hindering access to the highest peak of the state.
Friday was the fifth day of protests by Mauna Kea about the closure of the road to the summit, so construction equipment for the $ 1.4bn Telescope Thirty Meters, a major new international astronomy project, can be built. There are no journeys made by trucks.
Permissions were obtained to construct the Thirty Meter Telescope following a ten year review. Last year Hawaii's superior court ruled that the permits had been obtained legally.
Protests have been made in other parts of Hawaii, including on Maui and at the state capitol in Honolulu.
Hawaii governor David Ige said her priority was to keep everyone in the community safe, including the actors. The 80 guards on the Big Island will remain from the start of the protests, state officials said.
“We won't be using teargas, as some of the rumors were [saying], ”Said Ige. “We are looking for the best way forward without hurting anyone.”
The governor said last week that national guard units would be used to carry personnel and equipment as well as enforcing road closures. Friday's Ige said that more troops would not be accepted, but it did not end an emergency manifesto on Wednesday. The order extended state authority to remove protesters, including the use of national guard troops.
Harry Kim's mayor, Big Island's mayor, who met on Friday morning about 800 to 1,200 activists on the mountain, said he hoped officials and officials would discuss the way forward.
“We all have to go back a bit,” said Kim. “This is still our house, this is our family still. On both sides. ”
One protester, Hinaleimoana teacher and cultural practitioner Wong-Kalu, said that the battle is more than the telescope.
“The TMT and Mauna Kea are the only focal point,” she said. “I'm a galvanized feature. He goes back to the role played by aliens and continuing to play in Hawaii. ”
The explorer James Cook said from the 18th century that workers are being brought to today's plantations and tourism, that the telescope is another example of outdoor interests going beyond Hawaiian culture, she said.
“They capitalize and commercialize our culture,” said Wong-Kalu. “They distort the elements that make us like Hawaiian. It makes him look nice and allows him to take care to bring more money into this state. ”
But not all Native Hawaii see the telescope as a representative of previous inaccuracies.
“My family feels that they want to use the TMT to issue their dominance,” said Annette Reyes, who supports the telescope project. “I would like to give leadership to the Hawaiian people. I want to have their country back. However, TMT should not be a lightning rod. ”
Reyes showed a commitment of providing $ 1m telescope officers each year to strengthen science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. She said the local people gave their false Hawaiian to support the project.
Significant politicians have weighed in. Hawaii contestant Hawaii Tulsi Gabbard continued with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to support protesters. Gabbard said in a statement that Ige should withdraw the emergency declaration and sit down with protesters.
“The trust needs to be earned – it is wrong that state leaders have developed a new telescope on a new site on Mauna Kea, without ensuring that the decommissioning facilities are removed in a timely manner and that these sites are fully refurbished,” Gabbard said.
“As a result of this failure and the history of broken engagements, the standby that we see today is.” T
Earlier in the day, Sanders said in a tweet since it was destroyed: “We must guarantee the right of indigenous people and their right to object. I stand with native warriors who are demonstrating peacefully to protect their sacred mountain of Mauna Kea. ”
The Sanders campaign did not immediately respond to an email asking why the tweet was deleted.
Protestant leader Kaho 'okahi Kanuha said that protesters were calling for law enforcement to be implemented ever since Ige signed the emergency manifesto. That was the day the 34 day officials took up protest.
Deputy Governor Josh Green said he intended to meet people on the issue.
“I believe that this struggle is more about the heart of Hawaii and our sense of self and dignity, especially for Hawaiian people than it is about a telescope. It concerns cultural identity and self worth, ”he said in a Facebook post.
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