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Telescope protesters allowed to camp on state land

Courtesy: Occupy Hilo Courtesy: Occupy Hilo

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - State officials are allowing telescope protesters to continue camping on Mauna Kea, where they've been for more than two months.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports the camp sits on Department of Land and Natural Resources land. Agency spokeswoman Deborah Ward said in an email that the protesters are being allowed to stay while the state assesses the situation.

Department officials did not comment on why these protesters are being allowed to remain on state land. The same agency in 2013 had 11 protesters arrested for camping in a Hilo recreation area.

Protesters say they've been taking trash out of the site daily, recycling, composting, and even pulling weeds in what organizer Kahookahi Kanuha says is an effort to keep the area even cleaner than his group found it.

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