Thousands of protesters have joined a swelling effort to stop construction of a telescope they have long tried to keep off a mountain considered sacred to some Native Hawaiians, but state officials doubled down Wednesday on their commitment to ensure the project will be completed.

After a day of growing crowds and arrests of elderly demonstrators, Hawaii Gov. David Ige signed an emergency proclamation giving law enforcement more options to end the blockade.

Hawaii expands power to block telescope protesters

Hawaiian Elders Arrested Trying to Block Telescope Construction

Hawaii protesters press on to stop telescope, face arrest


The Latest: Hawaii protests spur order over mountain access

The Latest: Hawaii Protests Spur Order Over Mountain Access

Elderly Native Hawaiians arrested in protest against telescope construction



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