The Latest: Elders brace for arrest for blocking summit road

ABC News | 7/15/2019 | Staff
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The Latest on the start of work to build a massive telescope on a site considered sacred by some Native Hawaiians (all times local):

8:30 a.m.

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Hawaii officials have closed a road leading to the summit of the state's tallest mountain, the site of an embattled giant telescope project.

The road was officially closed Monday, but protesters who say they're protecting Mauna Kea from desecration had already blocked it.

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A group of elders tied together at the entrance to the road are expected to be arrested. After speaking with police, protest leaders say the group will step aside, but the elders will remain.

Hundreds gathered to protest the $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope, hoping to stop construction convoys from delivering equipment to the top.

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Another group of telescope foes have attached themselves to a cattle grate on the ground. Protesters are singing and chanting.

Scientists hope building a massive telescope on a world-renowned location for astronomy will help answer fundamental questions about the universe.

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8:00 a.m.

Police have arrived to close a road leading to the summit of Hawaii's tallest mountain, where hundreds have gathered to protest building a giant telescope on land some Native Hawaiians consider sacred.

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Police are speaking with protesters gathered Monday at the base of Mauna Kea. Officials plan to close the road to the summit so that construction convoys can deliver equipment to the site.

At the entrance to the road, there are about two dozen kupuna, or elders, tied together on the ground. Another group of telescope foes have attached themselves to a cattle grate on the ground.

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Officials say anyone breaking the law will be prosecuted. Protesters who blocked the roadway during previous attempts to begin construction have been arrested.

Scientists hope building a massive telescope on a world-renowned location for astronomy will help answer fundamental questions about the universe.

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7:45 a.m.

More protesters who oppose building a...
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