UPDATE: 8:25 am
In a post office shortly before 6:30 am Hawaii time, Democrat The Socialist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said: "We need to guarantee the aboriginal self-determination and right of protest. I am standing with Hawaiian natives peacefully demonstrating to protect their sacred mountain Mauna Kea.
Sanders responded to a comment by former MP Kaniela Ing on Twitter to support the activists who oppose the construction of the 30-meter telescope over Mauna Kea.
We must guarantee the indigenous self-determination and protest rights. I am standing with native Hawaiians who peacefully demonstrate to protect their sacred mountain Mauna Kea. https://t.co/5GCgUw4VCt[19659007lightboxes-BernieSanders(@BernieSanders) July 19, 2019
The organizers of the protests prepare for an inevitable confrontation with law enforcement authorities, in particular, the National Guard.
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During the daily morning meeting in front of hundreds of demonstrators, the organizers practiced their human blockages and gave instructions on what to do when confronted, including the immediate ban on children and unrestricted use of force.
There are minors on the Mauna Kea Access Road.
Gov. David Ige's announcement on Wednesday means National Guard staff could be deployed to clear the access road to Mauna Kea.