Desecration: Protesters Erect Building at Sacred Mountain Entrance

THE BIG ISLAND (Ben Caxton) — Two people were arrested at the base of Mauna Kea over the weekend. Protesters who are trying to stop the construction of a new telescope at the summit on grounds that it would desecrate sacred lands built their own illegal building on a lava field owned by the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands at the base of the “sacred” mountain. When law enforcement arrived to remove the structure two people had barricaded themselves inside by nailing a Hawaiian state flag across the doorway which police had to cut to get inside to remove them. The structure was then bulldozed and the remains removed by state authorities. The two men were arrested and charged with obstruction of a governmental operation.

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