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Police arrested 8 protesters on Thursday attempting to block trucks delivering construction materials for the new Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) under construction since 2012 on the summit of Haleakala on the island of Maui in Hawaii.
One of those arrested has been a leader of the protests at Mauna Kea against the Thirty Meter Telescope.
The Hawaii state government continues to waffle on what it is going to do. Either they will make sure that construction of these telescopes can proceed, as per the agreements made after years of negotiation, or they are going to bow to a handful of protesters. Right now it appears that it can’t seem to make up its mind.
Meanwhile, if these protesters really have the support of a majority of Hawaiians, then astronomy in Hawaii is doomed.