Jul 19, 2019

Protesters delay Hawaii's giant telescope project

Protesters and authorities in Hawaii are facing off over plans to build a telescope on top of a mountain that some native Hawaiians consider sacred.

Demonstrators have been forming a human blockade to prevent access to Hawaii's tallest mountain, the Mauna Kea.

Hawaii Governor David Ige has signed an emergency proclamation, giving law enforcement officers more options to break up the blockade.

The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) would be among the largest in the world.

The $1.4bn (£1.1bn) project has long been a source of controversy in Hawaii, where protesters say it will disturb sacred land and cause environmental damage.

(BBC News)