The story of the protests over construction of a telescope in Hawaii continues. The demonstration occurred at the meeting of the International Astronomical Union in Honolulu.
Demonstration over Thirty Meter Telescope comes after arrests near Mauna Kea construction site.
Demonstrators carrying Hawaiian flags — some upside-down, as a sign of distress — held a press conference outside the Honolulu convention centre to make their case against the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), which is set to be built on Mauna Kea. “TMT: no more desecration” read one sign. “We don’t want your big toy telescopes on our sacred mountain” read another.
We wrote about this story in October of 2014. It was a thorny issue then, as now. What does “sacred” mean? Who defines it? Do the protestors have a right to reject this project based on their claims? Does the other side have the right to overrule the claims? Is the telescope “desecration”? There are no clear answers.