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During the live webcast event, the host announced that attendees would be late as dozens of native Hawaiian protestors, joined by other activists, blocked the only road to the summit atop Mauna Kea, according to the Associated Press.
The event paves way for the official construction launch of TMT observatory that will house the world’s largest telescope to date.
… for the native Hawaiians, the massive telescope is a heinous defilement of their sacred .
Dubbed the “Mountain of the Sky Father,” the mountain isn’t merely a spiritual and historical location where interment of umbilical cords and burials take place. It’s also a delicate ecosystem that serves as a home fornative wekiu and the diminishing Lake Waiau.
Students from the University of Hawaii and other activists across Atlantic in Palo Alto echoed their protest against the construction….
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