Hawaiians are known to be peace loving people but don’t trample their scared places no matter how noble your purpose is or they are going to oppose you to the very end. The company that owned the Thirty Meter Telescope has discovered it too late and now they are paying for their desecration.
It may not be their purpose since their agenda is one that is of great importance to mankind, but something went awry along the way and what should have been done in the first place, proper consultation with the natives, was vastly overlooked and now it’s time to pay the price.
The protesters have started blockading the way to the construction site and this brought them in direct confrontation with the police. For seven years the protests were laid back and peaceful but things have changed for the worst.
Before any more violence will occur and blood spilled, the Office of Hawaiian trustees rescinded their support of the TMT and ordered a cessation of any construction activities in the area. The order came last Thursday after hearing the arguments of both sides.
The TMT Company was amenable for the moratorium ordered by OHA trustees. The construction started last March and despite strong opposition from the people, it was allowed to go on.
The TMT would have put Hawaii on the map as the site of the world’s largest optical telescope a distinction that must have been most welcome if only the proper process was followed. The mountain site holds a special place in the people’s hearts. They consider it sacred being the burial grounds of their ancestors.
Besides the method of securing the approval of the permit is flawed according to the TMT opposition. They also believe that the construction will be harmful to the ecosystem of the mountain. They sent a letter to the office of the governor regarding these matters.
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