Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Telescope Trials

From Hawaii News NowAfter several delays, the trial has started for the first group of people arrested while protesting the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope.
In court Friday, the four defendants ― Marie Alohalani Brown, Maxine Kahaulelio, Raynette Robinson and Kelii Ioane ― insist they’re not guilty of obstructing Mauna Kea Access Road. The charge is a petty misdemeanor which carries a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail... 

Prosecutors say the protesters held “Aole TMT” (or no TMT) signs and that they broke the law with a calculated plan: A blockade that included Hawaiian elders sitting in chairs across the road... Defendants and their attorneys say it was government that blocked the activists from practicing their religion and culture, which is protected under the law...

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