Hawaii governor decries death threats over telescope
In this July 14, 2019, file photo, the sun sets behind telescopes at the summit of Mauna Kea. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)
Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, The Associated Press
Published Friday, September 13, 2019 6:37PM EDT
HONOLULU -- Hawaii Gov. David Ige says he and other state employees have received death threats amid the heated debate over building a giant telescope on the state's highest peak.
Ige disclosed the threats Friday as he and his cabinet members held a news conference asking people on all sides of the issue to be careful with their language.
Attorney General Clare Connors played a voicemail recording in which an unidentified man told a state employee, "I hope you die."
Connors says it's disturbing to hear the threats and attacks state employees are receiving.
The Thirty Meter Telescope issue has engulfed Hawaii since mid-July when the state announced construction would begin. Protesters have blocked the road to Mauna Kea's summit for the past two months, preventing construction from getting under way.