Thousands protest telescope

(KHNL) Thousands of people flooded Iolani Palace on Sunday to show their opposition of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Mauna Kea.

Hawaiian activist Walter Ritte says about 3,500 people showed up for the seven-hour long event.

“This is the time for Oahu to come and show their support, to become part of the voice that is going to protect Mauna Kea and that’s going to build our nation again,” Ritte said.

Doug Simons, Executive Director for the Canada-France-Hawaii telescope which is already on Mauna Kea, says the TMT’s benefits spread much farther than just knowledge.

“When they’re operational, there’s about a million dollars a year that they can provide to Mauna Kea infrastructure, 20-percent of that goes to OHA, and that’s an incredible and invaluable contribution because that money will go back into sustaining the mountain,” Simons said.

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