Clash Over $1.4 Billion Telescope At Sacred Hawaiian Site Intensifies

April 3, 2015 9:01 PM

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Clash Over $1.4 Billion Telescope At Sacred Hawaiian Site Intensifies

HONOLULU (AP) -- Scientists hoping to see 13 billion light years away, giving them a look into the early years of the universe, are facing opposition from Native Hawaiian groups who say the construction site of a new telescope is on sacred land.

About 300 protesters gathered at the mountain Thursday, and police arrested 12 people who tried to block a road leading to the summit of Mauna Kea on Hawaii's Big Island. Eleven more were arrested atop the peak, the highest point in the state.

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