Ige issues emergency proclamation for the County of Hawai'i amid Mauna Kea protests
Governor David Ige held a press conference Wednesday to discuss the protests pertaining to the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope.
Ige announced that he is issuing an emergency proclamation for the County of Hawai'i.
What it means is law enforcement can now restrict access to areas on and around the tallest mountain in the world. It includes the safety-zone were most of the demonstrators are, known as Pu'uhonua 'O Pu'uhuluhulu.
Without hesitation Wednesday, the governor condemned all demonstrations regarding Mauna Kea.
"The protesters' activities affect our local businesses, their ability to use Saddle Road and operate. The conduct of the protesters also diverts law enforcement resources from protection of the broader community," said Ige.
Governor Ige said that regarding the arrests and the plan going forward, he has many DECISIONS to make, though he would not specify exactly what.