HILO >> State and county officials led by Lt. Gov. Doug Chin have done extensive planning in recent years to prepare for the possibility of widespread protests in connection with the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope, and at least some of those plans may involve the use of Hawaii National Guard equipment, according to sources familiar with the preparations.
That extensive planning effort grew out of the state response to the anti-TMT protests that erupted on Mauna Kea early in Gov. David Ige’s administration, a response that was seen by many in the public as tentative and uncertain.
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