UPDATE: 8:25 am
In a post shortly before 6:30 am Hawaii Time, Democratic Socialist Candidate for President Sen. Bernie Sanders said that "we must guarantee native people's right to self-determination and their right to protest. I stand with Native Hawaiians who are peacefully demonstrating to the sacred mountain of Mauna Kea. ”
Sanders was replying to a comment on Twitter by former state rep. Kaniela In the support of the activists who oppose the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea.
We must guarantee native people's right to self-determination and their right to protest. I stand with Native Hawaiians who are peacefully demonstrating to protect their sacred mountain of Mauna Kea. https://t.co/5GCgUw4VCt
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) July 19, 2019
Protest organizers are making preparations for what they say is an inevitable confrontation with law enforcement , name of the National Guard in particular.
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confrontation, including removing children from the scene right away and never resorting to violence.
There are minors on Mauna Kea Access Road.
Gov. David Ige's emergency proclamation on Wednesday means National Guard personnel could be deployed to clear the access road to Mauna Kea.