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Day two of the latest demonstration against construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope began Tuesday.

Law enforcement officers and those opposing the telescope's construction on Mauna Kea are expected back at the Mauna Kea Access Road and Daniel K. Inouye Highway, formerly Saddle Road.

This story is developing. Please return for updates throughout the day. Hawai'i Public Radio's Ryan Finnerty is on Hawai'i Island reporting on developments as they unfold. HPR's Ku'uwehi Hiraishi will be covering events and policymakers from Honolulu. 

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Updated: July 15, 3:20 p.m.

Same time, same place. Protesters and law enforcement expect to be back at Mauna Kea tomorrow after the anticipated arrests of protesters aiming to stop construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope did not materialize. Instead, there were frequent conversations between the protesters and law enforcement officials, with both sides saying they wanted to maintain the peace in a volatile situation.

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