MAUNA KEA, 17 JULY - Hundreds of people have been protesting for days on the island of Mauna Kea, in Hawaii, to prevent the construction of a large telescope on the highest mountain in the archipelago, considered by residents to be a sacred place. A petition was also presented in court but, according to lawyers who defend the $ 1.4 billion project, it would have no hope of changing things. Meanwhile, protesters continue to gather at the Mauna Kea base to prevent the transfer of equipment to the site designated for the construction of the telescope. Opponents, who block access routes to the summit, maintain that the project will desecrate lands considered sacred by some native Hawaiians. The protest is unfolding peacefully, but shows no sign of giving up.