Pacific / Hawaii

Hawaiian protesters condemn emergency proclamation

15:37 pm on 19 July 2019

Native Hawaiian protesters have condemned an emergency proclamation by the governor of Hawaii, as a protest at the state's largest mountain enters its fourth day.

The protests at Mauna Kea flared yesterday when 34 people were arrested by police in riot gear.

Many of those who were detained were native Hawaiian elders, who have since been released.

Many of them have since returned to the mountain.

The protesters are trying to halt the construction of a $US1.4 billion telescope on the mountain's summit, which is considered sacred to many native Hawaiians.

But yesterday, Governor David Ige signed an emergency proclamation, giving the authorities special powers to clear the area.