TMT supporters, opponents clash over debris at Mauna Kea camp

//TMT supporters, opponents clash over debris at Mauna Kea camp

Supporters and opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope are clashing over debris at the encampment at Mauna Kea.

A couple of TMT supporters have been taking videos and photos of what they call trash and debris left by the protesters. But TMT opponents say it’s an effort to discredit and undermine the kiai.

TMT supporters Lisa Malakaua and Mike Nathaniel, of Mountain View, say they took video and photos of the anti-TMT encampment at Mauna Kea last week.

They call the broken tents and piles of camping gear “trash” left behind by the opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope.

“They are being a disgrace up there to Hawaii,” said Malakaua. “There was just so much damage being done, irreversible damage and who’s going to be paying for it again, the taxpayers.”

The images were posted on Facebook by Thayne Currie, a Mauna Kea astronomer, who asked TMT supporters to contact lawmakers about the trash, environment, safety and upholding the law.

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