The Latest: Tulsi Gabbard weighs in on Hawaii telescope

ABC News | 7/19/2019 | Staff
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The Latest on protests of a telescope on Hawaii mountain (all times local):

2 p.m.

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U.S. presidential candidate and Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has followed Bernie Sanders in supporting protesters fighting the construction of a giant telescope in Gabbard's home state.

In a statement Friday, Gabbard says that while Thirty Meter Telescope has the legal authority to be built on the Big Island's Mauna Kea, there are spiritual and cultural issues that are being ignored.

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Sanders tweeted his endorsement earlier Friday saying native people's right to self-determination needs to be protected. He added that he stands with Native Hawaiians trying to protect the mountain.

Gabbard chimed in later, saying the construction site is a "revered and sacred sanctuary" where Hawaiians practice cultural traditions.

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Before her statement Friday, a week of calls and emails from The Associated Press to Gabbard to request comment on the protests went unanswered.

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