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Hawaii police talk with telescope, protester representatives

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HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Hawaii County police say they're trying to resolve the situation on Mauna Kea, where protesters against the construction of a massive telescope have blocked the road to the summit.

Assistant Police Chief Henry Tavares says police are working with Thirty Meter Telescope representatives as well as protest leaders to find a peaceful resolution.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald newspaper in Hilo reported Wednesday Tavares says both sides have been "very cooperative."

He says the police's actions will depend on protesters' actions. He says protesters have been told they can protest but not violate the law.

Dozens of telescope opponents blocked Mauna Kea Access Road to prevent workers from reaching the construction site near the top of the mountain.

Visitors and employees of other telescopes were allowed through.

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