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Astrophysicists to Hawaii: Stop 'Criminalizing' Telescope Protesters

A group of international astrophysicists and astronomers are speaking out against what they call the "criminalization" of Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiians) and their allies protesting the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on the summit Mauna Kea on Hawaii’s “big island.”In an open letter published on Google, authors call on TMT and the government of Hawaii to stop arresting and charging people and to remove military and law enforcement personnel from the mountain. The letter is signed by 85 graduate students and more than 400 undergraduate students.“We want to acknowledge the investment that so many colleagues within the astronomy community have made towards the project’s completion,” the letter reads. “We write today, not to place a value judgment on the future of TMT on Maunakea, but to question the methods by which we are getting the telescope on the mountain in the first place.”Authors also called on the community to consider whether the project is worth “the damage to our relationship with Kanaka Maoli.”Separately, a Change.org petition calling for a halt to the telescope’s construction, as of Friday morning, had garnered more than 80,000 signatures. It reads, in part, “This is not just about one mountain in Hawaii. This is a global movement, and the world is watching.Demonstrators gather to block a road at the base of Hawaii's tallest mountain, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Mauna Kea, Hawaii, to protest the construction of a giant telescope on land that some Native Hawaiians consider sacred. Protesters insist they won’t back down and are calling on Hawaii Governor David Ige to rescind an  emergency proclamation he issued Wednesday that broadens the state’s power to restrict access to Maunakea and clear the way for construction crews.The proclamation followed the arrest of a group of more than 30 activists who refused to move from... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Astrophysicists to Hawaii: Stop 'Criminalizing' Telescope Protesters, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Astrophysicists to Hawaii: Stop 'Criminalizing' Telescope Protesters

 

 

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Published By: VOA NEWS - Friday, 19 July

 

 

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