Protesters allow research to resume, within limits, at other Mauna Kea telescopes

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How special of them! The protesters blocking construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) have now agreed to allow limited access to Mauna Kea for the researchers and technicians for the other telescopes there.

The Maunakea Access Road remains blockaded. However, activists agreed, after the Emergency Proclamation was withdrawn, to allow all existing observatory employees, including astronomers, to access Maunakea using the Old Saddle Road and a section of unpaved lava. This route is unimproved and lined with tents, cars and people. However, pursuant to this agreement, on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 the state laid cinder and cones in an attempt to address safety concerns. The people blocking the road also agreed to allow larger vehicles to access Maunakea by going around the tent blockade. This means the vehicles will travel on the road’s shoulder.

The current process of gaining access to Maunakea requires the observatories to provide pre-arranged notification of all vehicles seeking access. To accomplish this, the people blocking the road will be provided a list of which vehicles are going up and when. This requires the observatories to contact the Office of Maunakea Management, which then contacts law enforcement, who then provides the list to the activists. The observatories are also aware that activists have been keeping a log of who goes up and down. [emphasis mine]

Essentially the protesters now run Mauna Kea, and have the right to ban anyone they don’t like from going there. This is essentially mob rule, since the law does not give them that right, and in fact has always given access rights to everyone.

The highlighted words indicate the possibility of increased risk by this mob rule. I’ve been on that road. It is gravel but well-graded. Its shoulders are not gigantic, however, and often border steep slopes and cliffs.



  • wayne

    “The Intellectuals” ( So to Speak)

  • Milt

    Robert writes:

    “Essentially the protesters now run Mauna Kea, and have the right to ban anyone they don’t like from going there. This is essentially mob rule, since the law does not give them that right, and in fact has always given access rights to everyone.”

    Exactly. The State of Hawaii is setting a terrible judicial precedent in which mob rule obviates the rule of law and the rights of individuals, but this is the whole “point” of the progressives’ Gramscian march through our established institutions. And, once the inconvenient rule of law has been effectively set aside — and the sheeple demonstrate that they will happily go along with this — anything is possible. Tulsi Gabbard, in particular, ought to be asked about this at her next debate / speaking engagement, but no one in the presstitute media would dare ask her such a “loaded” question.

    Question: If the State of Hawaii continues to refuse to enforce the rule of law in such cases, and it fails to protect the legal rights of everyone who works at the observatories on Mauna Kea, can the federal Department of Justice intervene on their behalf in such a case? THAT would be an interesting confrontation.

  • Chris

    Dogs, fire hoses and tear gas.

  • Chris: The problem with what you propose, as legal as it might be, is that we have become a society that honors protesters, no matter what, especially if they are willing to endure such treatment. The ordinary civilized citizen, who goes about his or her business and lives peaceably, is ignored, even if they are big majority.

    Should the Hawaiian state government take the action you propose, the protesters will be touted then as martyrs by the press and other politicians, and will get even more power.

    The time to have prevented this was at the beginning. The Democratic governor, David Ige, knew when construction was scheduled to begin. He could have put a strong police presence on the mountain then, before the situation was out of control. Had he done so, construction would have proceeded and the protesters’ power games would have been blocked.

    But then, Ige is a Democrat. He has done exactly what I predicted. He mouths support for the law, but it is to this mob that his loyalties really lie.

  • Chris

    Hi Bob ,

    I completely agree earlier would have been much better.
    This is yet one more case where the rule of law is ignored and celebrated. We are watching the end. The end of our republic.
    Without rule of law we cannot continue and then the next step of “they’re coming for you next” is just a matter of course.

    Thanks Bob.

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