Hawaii limits access to Mauna Kea amid telescope protests

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Published: July 11, 2015 10:05:43 PM

Hawaii officials have voted to impose an emergency rule to restrict access to Mauna Kea after protesters blocked construction of a giant telescope.

Hawaii officials have voted to impose an emergency rule to restrict access to Mauna Kea after protesters blocked construction of a giant telescope.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that the Board of Land and Natural Resources voted 5-2 Friday night on the 120-day rule. The rule restricts being within a mile (1.6 kilometers) of the mountain’s access road during certain nighttime hours, unless in a moving vehicle, and prohibits camping gear.

It would allow construction to resume on the Thirty Meter Telescope, the subject of months of protests. Many Native Hawaiians consider the mountain sacred.

More than 100 people testified during the eight-hour meeting..

Protest leaders say they won’t stop keeping constant vigil on the mountain.

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