Police Now Arresting Elder Protectors on Mauna Kea in Hawaii
|Aunty Maxine, posted by Tammy.|
|Aunty Geenie, 85, retired nurse and professor, posted by Hilarie|
|Update on Friday: Four of the 34 Kupunas arrested on Wednesday were transported by ambulances to hospitals at their request.|
Police Now Arresting Elder Protectors on Mauna Kea
By Brenda Norrell
July 17, 2019
Updated July 18
Kupuna elders on the frontline of the road blockade on Mauna Kea were just arrested. Police are putting elders in their wheelchairs in a police van. As they do, others are taking their place on the road barricade, to block construction crews to the telescope observatory.
After arresting Kupuna elders, police said everyone on the road will be arrested, at 11:45 am in Hawaii (4:45 pm Central time.)
ABC News reports: "Police arrested elderly protesters, some using wheelchairs and canes, as they blocked a road Wednesday to Hawaii's highest peak to try to stop construction of a giant telescope on land some Native Hawaiians consider sacred. Protest leader Kealoha Pisciotta told The Associated Press that hundreds of demonstrators moved aside to allow police to take away about 30 elders, called kupuna in Hawaiian, who were prepared to be arrested. "They're taking our kupuna," Pisciotta said, sobbing. Around her, people sang "Hawaii Aloha."
Ku'uipo Freitas said late Wednesday, "Lā 6: About today... kupuna were arrested and given a citation and were let go. Following the end of DLNR’s tries with the kupuna, new law enforcement came in and guess who held the line down, WAHINE! All est. 90 of us locking arms for what felt like 2.5 hours. Police lined both sides of the road as we held steady. They even switched out shifts while we stood the whole time. It ain’t over. This is just the beginning. While the live-streams went on, outer islands shutdown highways, and airports at the same time, sending a damn message to the government. We ain’t letting TMT be built on Maunakea."
On Thursday morning, KITV reports, "The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) says 33 kupuna were arrested Wednesday morning including long-time activist Walter Ritte, and cultural treasure Pualani Kanakaole Kanahele. It was an emotional scene on the mountain, sometimes near silent while police arrested demonstrators blocking Mauna Kea access road."
|Above elders being arrested. Below: now awaiting arrest at the blockade. Screenshots from live TV by Censored News.|
|Aerial view posted online|
"Just doing your job" is no excuse for police arresting elderly Kupuna on Manua Kea.
There is no job worth bringing this shame and disgrace on you and your family. It was no excuse for the Nazis who took women and children to the gas chambers, and said they were "just doing their job." It was a crime then, and it is a crime against humanity now.
During the Nuremberg Trials, those "just following orders," were found to have committed crimes. "These trials, under the London Charter of the International Military Tribunal that set them up, established that the defense of superior orders was no longer enough to escape punishment .." https://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/nuremberg-trials
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